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Heavy Rain Floods D.C.-Baltimore Region, Closes Roads

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This motorist got stranded in high water on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda. (Photo from John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

This motorist got stranded in high water on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda. (Photo from John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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UPDATED: May 17, 2014 11:04 a.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — A storm that dumped heavy rain is complicating travel and causing significant flooding in the D.C.-Baltimore region.

The rain has passed east of the region, but the threat of flooding remains.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning to remain in effect until Sunday evening for Rappahannock River above Fredericksburg in Va., which will affect the city of Fredericksburg, as well as Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

A Coastal Flood Warning is also in effect for the city of Alexandria until 6 a.m. on Monday.

Emergency officials reported rescues of motorists stranded in high water and flooded roads were reported in low-lying areas including Annapolis’ waterfront in Maryland, Old Town Alexandria in Virginia and along Rock Creek in Washington.

There were eight water rescues or reports of vehicles stranded in high water between 6 and 7:30 a.m. in Montgomery County, according to Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer. Crews rescued some occupants while others were self-rescued.

Piringer said no one was hurt.

According to the Frederick News-Post, emergency crews there also rescued eight people Friday and up to 30 roads are temporarily closed as a result of high water.

Pete Piringer, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesman

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The gauge at Rock Creek in the District was quickly approaching its flood stage of 7 feet early Friday morning. Rock Creek Parkway was closed for several hours due to flooding, but it has since reopened.

“Rock Creek is like a white-water rapids course,” WNEW’s John Domen said.

Beach Drive in Kensington is closed in both directions due to flooding between Garrett Park Road and East-West Highway. Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda is closed between Kentsdale Drive and River Road.

“Bradley Boulevard is almost like driving down a water slide,” said Domen, who was on the scene of a water rescue there earlier Friday morning.

The Maryland Transit Administration suspended MARC’s Brunswick line service because of trees on the track and says the Penn line is delayed by a minor mudslide in Baltimore.

Some area Bike to Work Day events were canceled because of the weather.

The NWS reports that the area received 2-4 inches of rain, most of which fell in the early morning hours.

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Mike Gathagan, spokesperson for the Maryland Jockey Club, doesn’t anticipate the weather having much of an effect on the 139th Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

The rain could, however, make for a sloppy track.

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