Potomac River flooding shuts down White’s Ferry, nearby store cleared out

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POOLESVILLE, Md. - The rising Potomac River shut down White's Ferry since Wednesday this week, and owners emptied the store and grill as they expect flood waters to rise up to the second floor of the building.

The ferry connects Whites Ferry Road in Montgomery County, Maryland with a road by the same name in Loudoun County, Virginia.

The cars line up on what looks like a boat ramp and drive down onto the ferry to avoid a much longer commute, but they have been unable to do that for the past few days.

Jeff Yarmas says his commute is a half hour on the ferry, but more than doubles when he has to drive the entire way to Leesburg.

"It's over an hour of a half, it’s 40 minutes extra around and then some, especially if you get hung up on the traffic in Virginia," says Yarmas. "It is frustrating, you come, you sit, and you wait, and you’re looking, but it is what it is, you can’t change nature."

That's the same mindset for Matt Swanson, general manager at White's Ferry, who has been through this more than once.

They close, put all of their food and merchandise into storage, and wait and see.

"The prediction is that it’s going to be at 17 or 18 feet which is about halfway in the store," he says. "It’s kind of like a waiting game, we see a prediction, we get ready for it, and see what happens."

Friday's wet weather caused issues in other parts of Montgomery County, including several downed trees.

Fire and rescue crews responded to a tree on a home in Bethesda, as well as a tree that fell on a car on I-270.

A spokesman says the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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