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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Heavy Rains Generate Flash Flooding - Dozens of Motorists Stranded in High Water

Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesprson

Another powerful storm with heavy rains and lightening started rolling through the County at around 10:00 pm.  These storms prompted tornado and flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service.  

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At about 11:15 pm numerous streets in Bowie flooded stranding motorists in high water.  Some of these streets included; Route 197 and Kenhill Drive, Millstream Drive and Maureen Lane, Buckingham Drive and Blueberry Lane and Stoneybrook Drive.  As many as 12 vehicle occupants were assisted to safety by firefighters and the Departments Swift Water Team.

At around midnight, as another band of rain entered the County, streets in the Brandywine area started experience flash flooding stranding motorists on Floral Park Drive and on Cherry Tree Crossing Road near Old Indian Head Road.

As of the latest update from the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) is reporting 12 County roads closed and two State roads tonight. Rain is forecasted to continue throughout the evening and the County will update road closures by 6am tomorrow morning. 

Residents and motorists travelling through the County are advised to be alert and tune in to weather and traffic reports for the latest updates on road conditions.  Residents are also advised to not drive through any deep water on roads.  Residents should call the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) automated customer service line at 301-499-8520 to report any roads that are flooded and/or impassable.

The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation is reporting the following County roads closed currently. This list does not include roadways where high water warning signs have been placed.

• Sunnyside Avenue @ Edmonston Road, Beltsville
• 6700 Glenn Dale Road, Glenn Dale
• Old Baltimore Avenue @ Edmonston Road, Beltsville
• Sweitzer Lane @ Van Dusen Road, Laurel
• Croom Station Road @ the bridges in from both directions, Upper Marlboro
• Governor Bridge Road, Bowie
• Brock Bridge Road, Laurel
• Contee Road @ Mayfair Drive, Laurel
• Van Dusen Road @ Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
• Sweitzer Lane @ Van Dusen, Laurel
• South Springfield Road @ Accokeek Road, Clinton
• 11700 block of Brandywine Road, Brandywine.

Currently, the State Highway Administration is reporting the following high water: 

• Water Street, Upper Marlboro 
• Indian Head Highway (210)Service Road

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