MCFRS News Release
WARNING - Flash Flooding and Severe Weather Possible
Many Roads in MontgomeryCounty Susceptible to Flooding
When it rains heavily, there may be flash floods, flood warnings and flood watch’s issued. Flash floods more often occur in mountain streams, hilly areas or flooding of dry washes. But they do happen in urban and suburban areas like Montgomery County, as well.
Flash floods can occur even though it's not raining where you are. It may be raining hard farther upstream. It is raining so hard, water can not sink into the ground. It rushes down the mountainside, hilly area or paved areas to the stream. The stream can't carry all the water, so it floods.
A flash flood may come at you as a high wave of water. And it moves fast as an express train. Chances are you won't have time to get out of its way, unless you have a plan.
If your car is trapped, get out. Move to higher ground. You may lose your car, but you'll save your life.
If you're driving through a hilly area or place that is subject to flooding along a stream and hear a flash flood warning, go to high ground - don't try to outrun the flash flood.
Watch for flooding at bridges and dips in the road. Never drive where water is over bridges or roads. All of a sudden the bridges or the road could be washed out.
They may not even be there under the water. If you're driving at night be especially careful. Usually you can't see very well because of the wind and rain. If you should drive into water, don't try to drive out of it. Get out of the car. Scramble to higher ground.
Keep out of storm drains in the suburbs and country. Don't play in irrigation ditches, dry washes or other waterways. These places can be dangerous even in fair weather. When it rains the water can get deep fast and the current can be very strong.
There will probably be deadly lightning. When you go to higher ground, stay off hilltops. Don't get under lone trees. Be smart - remember warnings about what to do, and not to do, when there's lightning.
DON’T DROWN – TURN AROUND !
ROADS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SUBJECT TO PERIODIC FLOODING
MD 29 (Columbia Pike) at Paint Branch - N. of White Oak
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek - S. of Kensington
MD 190 (River Road) at Cabin John Creek - Potomac
MD 193 (Univ. Blvd) at Sligo Creek - Wheaton
MD 586 (Viers Mill Rd) at Rock Creek - S. of Twinbrook Pkwy.
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park - Kensington-Chevy Chase
Sligo Creek Pkwy - Silver Spring-Takoma Park
MD 97 (Georgia Ave) at Reddy Branch - N. of Brookeville
MD 124 (Woodfield Rd) at Goshen Branch and at Gr. Seneca Creek - N. of Brink Rd.
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Gr. Seneca Creek - W. of Gaithersburg
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Little Seneca Creek - E. of Boyds
MD 355 (Frederick Rd) at Little Seneca Creek - W. of Brink
MD 121 (Clarksburg Rd) near Little Seneca Lake - N. of Boyds
MD 118 (Germantown Rd) at Great Seneca Creek - S. of Germantown
River Rd and Berryville Rd at Seneca Creek - Seneca
Blunt Road at Great Seneca Creek - S. of Brink Rd.
Davis Mill Rd at Great Seneca Creek - N. of Gaithersburg
Brighton Dam Rd at Hawlings River - NE of Brookeville
Goldmine Rd at Hawlings River - E of Olney
Zion Rd at Hawlings River - E. of Laytonsville
Hoyles Mill Rd at ford of Little Seneca Creek - Germantown, west of soccer complex
Loghouse Rd at Magruder Branch - S. of Damascus
Elton Farm Rd at Haights Branch - N. of Sunshine
Howard Chapel Rd at Haights Branch - N. of Sunshine
White’s Ferry Road and River Road - White’s Ferry
Recommended Items/supplies to be used during Basic Emergency:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Essential medicines
- Cash and credit cards
- Sturdy shoes and a change of clothing
- Copies of important papers, including bank accounts, insurance and household inventory records