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Morning Storm Floods Many Germantown Roads, Creates Commuting Chaos


Many drivers were dreading the trip back to work this morning after a long July Fourth Weekend of fireworks, fun, and freedom, and this morning’s weather made that trip ever more frightful. Many drivers in Germantown were met with more challenges than usual on their first trip back to work on Monday, July 8, as a large slow-moving rain storm dumped multiple inches of rain in spots of the UpCounty turning roads into streams and streams into raging rivers.

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service was called to numerous incidents where people had to be rescued from their vehicles after becoming trapped in fast-rising flooding from the often extremely heavy rains which moved through the County this morning.

The storm began moving through Germantown at about 6:00 am, as sheets of rain pelted area. According to the National Weather Service, at 9:23 am a weather spotter in Darnestown recorded 5.55 inches of rain. Another NWS weather spotter in Damascus recorded 2.43 inches of rain at 8:12 am, while another spotter in Gaithersburg recorded 4.64 inches of rain for the 24 hours prior to 7:00 am.

The heavy downpours created flash flooding on roads in the Germantown areas, many in places not usually prone to flooding. Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service spokesman said that the MCFRS handled 250 calls for service between 7:30 am and 10:30 am on Monday morning. On an average day, MCFRS handles about 350 calls in 24 hours. He said that there were about 50 calls for possible water rescues, about half of those calls required residents to be rescued from their vehicles, in other cases, the people were able to get to safety without assistance. He said that MCFRS helped about 25 people trapped in their vehicles by rising flood waters on Monday morning.

The first call for help came at about 7:38 am, when first responders were called to Richter Farm Road and Coachmans Road Germantown for an inland water rescue. A few moments later, a second call for a vehicle in high water at Richter Farm Road and Smokewood Drive, near Northwest High School and Great Seneca Highway. At about 7:50 pm, Fire Rescue was called to the area of Cornflower Road and Kings Crossing Boulevard in Boyds to assist another driver high water.

Richter Farm Road was closed for a while between Schaeffer Road and Germantown Road due to high water caused by the flooding. The Seneca Creek began flooding at Riffleford Road in Germantown.