D.C.-area flooding leads to water rescues overnight

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Emergency personnel in the D.C. area had to make water rescues overnight of people who attempted to drive through flooded areas.

The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department's swift water rescue team assisted and rescued more than 10 people Wednesday night and Thursday morning, officials said.

Rescuers received calls from people who had driven into standing water and were stuck as well as from people who drove into flash-flooded areas and were unable to escape because the water level was rising and there were fast-moving currents.

Additionally, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue crews rescued six people from five different water rescue incidents overnight. One of the people who was rescued was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, while the other people were evaluated at the scene.

From Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, the D.C. area received between 1 to 2 inches of rain, said Calvin Meadows, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch and a coastal flood advisory were in effect overnight.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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