WASHINGTON D.C. - The heavy, steady rain that pounded the region for more than 24 hours on Monday sent rivers over their beds, destroyed homes and caused one woman, caught in the grip of Beltway traffic, to deliver her third child in the back of a car. The rising waters and falling trees caused thousands of power outages and closed about 90 roads throughout the region, including about 20 in suburban Maryland, 63 in Northern Virginia and seven in the District of Columbia. Rescuers in Prince William County evacuated 31 homes and rescued more than 18 people from rushing water, mostly from vehicles trapped in flood zones. Torrential downpours brought up to 3 inches of rain and put most of the area under flood warnings and closed dozens of roads across Northern Virginia. Floodwaters erased the earth under a section of Dale Boulevard in Dale City, leaving a 20-foot-deep hole in the four-lane Prince William County thoroughfare. "This is SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING WE'VE SEEN IN AT LEAST 30 YEARS.”
Image Above: A section of inbound River Road in Bethesda is closed due to flooding. – Andrew Harnik/Examiner
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