June 5, 2023

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Heavy rain heads to the DMV: Here’s how you can stay safe

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Flash flood warnings are in effect. Here’s how to protect yourself.

WASHINGTON — Several drivers became trapped in bad flash flooding after quick and heavy rains came down Monday evening in Prince George’s County. 

Authorities were called to the area of Annapolis Road and 71st Avenue in Landover Hills Monday for water rescues. Many cars were seen ignoring the most common advice of “turn around, don’t drown” as they plowed straight through floodwaters, often with detrimental results. Cars stalled out as engines flooded and some were even swaying in the water, on the verge of floating.

There are certain things homeowners and drivers should know before any potential flooding could occur.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), one important thing homeowners can do to reduce their flood risks is to understand the potential for flooding in their local area.

FEMA routinely updates flood zone maps online, showing the public where flooding is more likely to happen.

FEMA’s maps show there are numerous flood plains across the D.C. region, including around Antietam Creek in Washington County. Several flash flood warnings were in effect Friday morning.

Parts of Riverdale Park, in Prince George’s County, near the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River have also been known to flood.

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Still, with people on the move all over the area, WUSA9 asked Prince George’s County Fire and EMS tips on what everyone can do to stay safe on flooded roads.

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“If you’re caught outside in a flood situation, get yourself to higher ground,” said Michael Yourishin, public information officer for Prince George’s Fire and EMS. “Get out of the flood zone as quickly and safely as you can.”

He added drivers should also continue to follow another tried and true piece of advice.

“Turn around, don’t drown,” he said. “Don’t drive into a flooded area. Don’t drive into standing water.”

Finally, Yourishin recommends locals stay informed about the weather by following local media reports.

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