Thunderstorms, flooding wreak havoc during evening commute in the DMV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thunderstorms and heavy rain caused some major problems during rush hour Tuesday evening.

The Arlington County Fire Department says they had to deploy two boats to rescue 40 people from 25 stranded vehicles in the Northbound lane of the George Washington Parkway, near Reagan National Airport.

The fire department says the water reached the level of the steering wheel in some of the vehicles. One of their rescues included a baby.

Fortunately, there were no injuries or medical emergencies reported.

Several cars were also flooded along Martha Custis Drive in Alexandria.

Credit: Shelly Pennow

"It was flooding like I had never seen in the four years that I lived here," says Shelly Pennow, who watched the rain from an eighth floor balcony.
"Before we knew i,  cars were getting splashed and floating sideways, coming up over the headlights, it was just more than we had ever seen in this side of town."