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Heavy Rain and Flooding Hit College Park

Car on Paint Branch Pkwy near the bridge (Source, Prince George's Co Fire Dept)

Car on Paint Branch Pkwy near the bridge (Source, Prince George’s Co Fire Dept)

I am at the Maryland Municipal League conference, where we learned that a flash flood has hit some part of downtown College Park. It appears that north College Park has not experienced severe flooding.

According tithe Washington Post, the flood submerged busy traffic corridors and trapped some motorists, according to the National Weather Service and local emergency officials.

The weather service has issued a flash flood warning in central Prince George’s County and in Washington. A flash flood watch was issued for much of central Maryland, including the Baltimore region, though late Tuesday night.

Police in Washington reported high standing water along Route 295, while the Prince George’s County Fire Department reported flooding in Berwyn Heights and College Park.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the department, posted on Twitter that the hardest hit area was the 8900 block of 59th Avenue in Berwyn Heights, where homes and roads were flooded.

Brady posted an image on Twitter of two vehicles stuck in high water on Paint Branch Parkway in College Park, and reported a fallen tree on top of another vehicle on Central Avenue in Largo. Others posted images of high water on Route 295.

The College Park Fire Department reported conducting “numerous water rescues,” also via Twitter.

No injuries had been reported as of 11:30 a.m.

The county fire department set up an area command unit in College Park to organize its response to the flooding and calls for assistance from motorists.

Traffic was slowed on many area roadways as the intense rain moved through the area. Brady reported the rains had stopped for the time being about 11 a.m., and that the water was receding.

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