Friday, July 28, 2017

Creeks Overflow as Flooding Begins in South, Mid-Atlantic

Sean Breslin
Published: July 28,2017

A round of potentially life-threatening flooding was underway Friday in parts of the South and mid-Atlantic as creeks rose beyond their banks amid heavy rainfall.
Some of the worst early flooding was observed in Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. In Perry County, Tennessee, two people were rescued from flash flooding Friday morning in the town of Linden, according to To ensure safety, residents were told to stay off flooded roads.
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Later Friday, floodwaters began to rise in Kentucky; vehicles were swamped and roads were closed.
The storm system also dumped heavy rain on West Virginia Friday afternoon, which led to reports of flooding and road closures near Huntington.
In Washington D.C., a Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies was postponed Friday night because of the storms. At the D.C.-area airports, hundreds of flights were delayed Friday, according to FlightAware.

Roads Closed, Vehicles Flooded in Maryland, Pennsylvania

Streets near swollen creeks were submerged Friday afternoon in Montgomery County, Maryland, as the storms pushed east, Bethesda Magazine reported. Authorities stressed caution, especially as more rain was expected to fall into the weekend, and told drivers to avoid flooded roads.
"People need to be mindful of that," Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Dee Howard Richards told Bethesda Magazine. "If they can’t see the lines in the road, if they see moving water or if they can’t see the road as they can normally see it, we're advising, 'Don’t drown. Turn around.'"
South of Pittsburgh, floodwaters rose Friday in Washington County, Pennsylvania, where flooded vehicles and even a mudslide were reported Friday evening. The mudslide occurred along Interstate 70 West, according to the National Weather Service, and in the town of Washington, at least six occupied vehicles were stranded on flooded roads Friday evening.

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