2020 | Weather

Flooding reported in Bethesda, other parts of Montgomery County

Dozens of vehicles became trapped in high water

The view driving south on Arlington Road toward the intersection with Bradley Boulevard

Photo by Alexandra Bouharb

Flooding was reported in Bethesda and other parts of Montgomery County Thursday afternoon, causing multiple vehicles to become trapped in high water.

The county was under a flash flood warning from the National Weather Service until 6:45 p.m.

There was flooding at the intersection of Bradley Boulevard and Arlington Road just before 1:30 p.m. 

Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management wrote on Twitter Thursday that the intersection of Goldsboro Road and Massachusetts Avenue was closed due to flooding. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman wrote on Twitter that vehicles had become trapped in these locations:

  • Bradley Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue
  • Glenwood Road and Irvington Avenue
  • Massachusetts Avenue and Little Falls Parkway
  • Kensington Parkway and Beach Drive
  • Little Falls Parkway near Fairfax Road
  • Connecticut Avenue and Baltimore Street

Piringer told Bethesda Beat in an interview Thursday that Fire & Rescue had received 50 calls since 12:45 p.m. when the flash flood warning went into effect. The most severely hit areas of the county, he said, were in Bethesda, Kensington and Aspen Hill.

“There’s been dozens of cars in water,” he said.

Piringer said some of the drivers had to be rescued. On Little Falls Parkway, which experienced severe flooding, Piringer said people were able to get out of their cars on their own.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

Click the gallery below to view photos from Wednesday’s flooding.