LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — After freezing rain made trouble for commuters Friday morning, heavy rain could cause flooding throughout the D.C. area Saturday.
A Flood Watch is in effect starting Saturday morning through Saturday evening with the heaviest rain occurring in the afternoon and thunderstorms expected.
Heavy rain combined with cold and wet soil can increase the risk of flooding. Streams and creeks can also overflow, creating runoff.
The following areas will be under a Flood Watch Saturday:
District of Columbia
- Anne Arundel
- Prince George’s
- Falls Church
Channel 9 Meteorologist Topper Shutt advises that residents check their storm drains to prevent damage to homes.
If you live in a flood-prone area, the Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner suggests keeping these materials on hand: sandbags, plywood, lumber, plastic sheeting, trash bags, shovels, work boots and gloves.
Driving through standing water on roads or in parking lots is dangerous as tires can lose contact with the road.
Survivegroup.org suggests staying off the roads during heavy rain.
“If you have to drive in a flooded area take care. Only drive through water if you know how deep it is. Many vehicles require only two feet of water before they float,” the group says.
If you must drive through a flooded area, try to drive in the highest section of the road if it is safe to do so and drive slowly.
Rain is expected to end Saturday evening, making way for a pleasant warm-up to start the week.
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