2020 | Weather

Remnants from tropical storm bring flooding to parts of Montgomery County

Fire & Rescue official says there were minor crashes

A section of Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda was flooded Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Steve Hull

Portions of Montgomery County experienced sporadic flooding on Thursday due to heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta.

The Washington, D.C., area was under a flood watch from the National Weather Service until 11 p.m. on Thursday. Parts of the region, including lower Montgomery County, were under a warning under 5:30 p.m.

Maryland-National Capital Park Police wrote on Twitter that the following areas were closed Thursday due to flooding:

  • Beach Drive between the D.C. border and East West Highway
  • Beach Drive between Connecticut Avenue and Old Spring Road
  • Sligo Creek Parkway between Piney Branch and Maple Avenue

A section of Bradley Boulevard near the intersection of Arlington Road in Bethesda was flooded on Thursday as of the late morning.

Beach Drive in the Kensington area was closed on Thursday. Photo from Pete Piringer via Twitter.

Pete Piringer, a Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman, said in an interview that there were some minor weather-related crashes Thursday morning due to “urban street flooding.”

“We’ve had a few collisions with single-car spinouts and things like that,” he said.

Piringer said a number of the crashes occurred on interstates 495 and 270, as well as the Intercounty Connector. He advised drivers to avoid areas near Rock Creek and Seneca Creek, which are susceptible to flooding.

The rain caused some minor crashes, including a vehicle rollover on I-270. Photo from Pete Piringer via Twitter.

Among the crashes were a car that flipped on I-270 near the Shady Grove Road interchange and a MetroBus that went off the road near the intersection of River Road and Wilson Lane, Piringer wrote on Twitter.

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