Rain battered the area overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, resulting in many Fairfax County roads becoming impassable.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Fairfax County until 6 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. The National Weather Service suggests Fairfax County residents monitor forecasts and be prepared to take action should the weather take a turn for the worse and Flash Flood Warnings are issued.
According to Dan Schmidt of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, no rescues have been reported Tuesday night into Wedenesday, but officials warn drivers to drive carefully. “We don’t expect too much activity, but conditions are not the best and drivers should exercise caution,” said Schmidt.
As of noon Wednesday, Fairfax County Police report the following road closures due to flooding:
In the Sully Police District:
• Compton Road near Richard Simpson Lane
• Westfields at Mariah Court
• The 6400 block to 6500 block of Newman Road
In The Mt. Vernon Police District:
• Olde Towne Road between Wood Haven Road and 11th Street
In the McLean Police District:
• Old Courthouse at Besley Road
In the West Springfield Police District:
• Burke Road near Heritage Square Drive
• Burke Lake Road between Missionary Lane and Jeremiah Court
In the Fair Oaks Police District:
• The 2800 block of Fox Mill Road
• Waples Mill Road at Bronzedale Drive
“We will continue to update this list with any additional closures,” said police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell.
The National Weather Service reminds residents that more than 50 percent of all flood-related drowning occurs when vehicles are driven into hazardous flood waters. They remind drivers to never drive through flooded roadways as the depth, currents and conditions of the road are all masked by the high water and remain unknown. If a vehicle stalls on a flooded road and water is rising into the vehicle, the National Weather Service says drivers should exit the vehicle, move to higher ground, and then call 911.