The Germantown area is going to get a lot of rain over the next two days, be prepared and understand how to react to possible flooding.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Germantown area and all of Montgomery County from Saturday evening (Feb. 10) through Sunday evening as a slow moving front works it way through the area.
The National Weather Service said, “A slow moving front will lead to multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall from this evening through Sunday evening. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely, with localized amounts over 2.5 inches possible.”
The NWS continued, “Heavy rain may lead to flooding of streams and some rivers. High water may also develop in low-lying and poor drainage areas. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”
MCFRS offers a number of tips:
Never drive through a flooded road or bridge.
Turn Around - Don’t Drown and try an alternate route. In many cases, it takes far less than a foot of water to incapacitate a vehicle. It may stall, leaving you stranded, and depending on the level of water, you may not be able to open a vehicle door. Do not underestimate the power of moving water.
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
One foot of water will float many vehicles.
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
MCFRS also offers a list of roads in Montgomery County which are susceptible to flooding. Such roads in the Germantown/Upcounty area include:
16500 block of Black Rock Road at Great Seneca Creek;
21000 block of Blunt Road between Germantown Road and Brink Road;
9900 Brink Road near the intersection with Wightman Road in Gaithersburg;
12000 block of Clopper Road at Great Seneca Creek in Germantown;
21600 block of Davis Mill Road at Great Seneca Creek;
22100 block of Frederick Road at Little Seneca Creek in Germantown;
11200 block of Game Preserve Road;
15200 Hoyles Mill Road at Little Seneca Creek;
9800 block of Huntmaster Road at Great Seneca Creek;
26000 block of Long Corner Road at Scotts Branch in Damascus;
22300 block of New Cut Road at Little Seneca Creek in Clarksburg;
16800 block of Riffleford Road at Great Seneca Creek;
16000 block of Schaffer Road at Little Seneca Creek;
12000 block of Skylark Road at Little Seneca Creek in Clarksburg;
Ten Mile Creek Road in Clarksburg;
16100 block of West Baltimore Road at Bucklodge Branch in Boyds;
15300 West Old Baltimore Road at Ten Mile Creek in Boyds;
13800 West Baltimore Road at Little Seneca Creek in Boyds;
19100 block of White Ground Road in Boyds;
16700 block of White Store Road at the Seneca Creek Tributary near Bucklodge Road in Boyds;
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