Feeling Waterlogged? Another ‘Powerful’ Storm Predicted Thursday

Four inches of rain over weekend sets record, swamps some roads

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White's Ferry was closed Monday due to flooding.

VIA PETE PIRINGER

Rain, rain go away, come again on Thursday.

A deluge of rainfall ended early Sunday afternoon, leaving portions of Montgomery County wading through more than 4 inches of rain, and things won’t stay dry for long.

The National Weather Service said the weekend storms broke a record for Washington, with 61.34 inches of precipitation documented in 2018 Meteorologist Kevin Whitt said. The previous record of 61.33 inches stood for nearly 130 years.

The weather service doesn’t keep records of yearly rainfall totals for Montgomery County, Whitt said.

Travel in Montgomery County, which Whitt said likely follows D.C.’s precipitation trend, was a challenge Saturday and Sunday, with about a dozen roads — including portions of Connecticut Avenue, Jones Mill Road and Kensington Parkway — closed by flooding.

White’s Ferry, which moves about 600 vehicles each day, was closed Sunday and Monday due to high water and debris in the Potomac River.

North of Aspen Hill, in Brookeville, Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services Water Rescue crews plucked six people from two vehicles stranded in high water on Brighton Dam Road. No injuries were reported and Brookeville recorded 3.77 inches of rain over the weekend.

Washington Grove received the most rain, checking in with 4.07 inches of precipitation in about a 24-hour period, while Montgomery County Airpark recorded 3.68 inches and Rockville 3.34 inches, according to the NWS. No precipitation totals were available for Bethesda.

Rain is expected to return to the area Thursday and Friday with a “powerful” storm slated to roll through the area. It’s too early to tell how much rain the storm will bring, but the weather servuce expects this week’s storm to move quicker than the weekend storm, which could alleviate flooding concerns.

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