(Updated at 4 p.m.) Flooding has been reported around Alexandria after a period of very heavy rain.
“Units and the water rescue team responded to multiple calls for water rescues in the Del Ray and Park Fairfax areas of Alexandria,” the local Alexandria firefighters union said on Twitter, shortly before 4 p.m.
Earlier this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for the city until 4:30 p.m.
“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads,” notes the NWS announcement. “Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.”
Photos and videos posted to social media showed high water in several parts of the city.
Unfortunately we have again experienced another incredibly intense rain event in the City which far exceeds the design…
At 1:46pm 4.8"/hr. Expect severe urban flooding.
— Russ Adams 🌧️🌬️☀️🌪️⚡ (@patpend) September 10, 2020
The water isn’t just not draining — it’s clearly bubbling back UP… and into people’s basements — and the city repeatedly dismisses residents’ complaints as a non-issue. pic.twitter.com/DAn8K5ZUxn
— Tom Finley (@tomfinley) September 10, 2020
— Jeff Morgan (@jeffreydmorgan) September 10, 2020
Native Twitter posting for those who don’t want to touch Instagram. East Glebe Rd. in Alexandria VA. pic.twitter.com/uWoyq45eLF
— Socially Distant But Anti-Fascist (@AtomicOvermind) September 10, 2020
— Oriana Pawlyk (@Oriana0214) September 10, 2020
— PJ Hoffman (@PJ_Hoffman) September 10, 2020
— Christine Matthews (@cmatthewspolls) September 10, 2020
— Meghan McCarthy (@MeghanMcCarthy_) September 10, 2020
According to NWS:
Showers and thunderstorms will produce heavy rain across the area, especially near and along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Rainfall amounts will average one to three inches, with locally higher amounts possible. Heavy rainfall may result in rapid rises of water in small creeks and streams, as well as the potential for flash flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.
Some locations that may experience flash flooding include… Arlington… Alexandria… Clinton… College Park… Fort Washington… Greenbelt… Langley Park… Beltsville… Fort Hunt… Groveton… Huntington… Coral Hills… Bladensburg… Fort Belvoir… National Harbor… Gallaudet University… Nationals Park… RFK Stadium… Howard University… Fort Totten.
Flash Flood Warning including Washington DC, Arlington VA, Alexandria VA until 4:30 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/mV92zVtRnX
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) September 10, 2020