Woman, child hurt at flooded Md. house

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY ABI­GAIL HAUSLOHNER AND MARTIN WEIL abi­gail.hauslohner@wash­post.com martin.weil@wash­post.com

Two peo­ple were se­verely in­jured by elec­tri­cal shocks Satur­day af­ter­noon in the Chevy Chase area of Mont­gomery County, as heavy rain pro­duced wide­spread street and prop­erty flood­ing, author­i­ties said.

One per­son died at Lake Linganore in Fred­er­ick County, Md., in a boating ac­ci­dent that of­fi­cials said was due at least in part to Satur­day’s storm.

Trees top­pled and fell onto roads and houses. Thou­sands of peo­ple lost elec­tric­ity and heavy dam­age was re­ported in parts of South­ern Mary­land, where res­i­dents de­scribed what they thought was a pos­si­ble tor­nado.

In the Chevy Chase in­ci­dent, a woman and child suf­fered lifethreat­en­ing in­juries af­ter tor­rents of rain caused flood­ing in a house in the 8800 block of Con­necti­cut Av­enue, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the county fire and res­cue ser­vice.

He said the two were found un­con­scious and not breath­ing about 4:30 p.m. amid “flood­ing con­di­tions in the home.”

An out­side stair­well was flooded, and they were op­er­at­ing a sump pump in that area, Piringer said. He said they were close to the door to the pump, and it was pre­sumed that they were in­jured by the cur­rent. A fire­fighter at the scene also suf­fered an elec­tri­cal shock, he said.

More than two inches of rain fell on parts of the Washington re­gion, send­ing wa­ter across low-ly­ing roads and trails from Stafford County in Vir­ginia to Bal­ti­more County in Mary­land.

Wa­ter filled streets in the New­burg area of Charles County and in Fred­er­icks­burg, Va., where part of the roof of a down­town tav­ern ap­par­ently caved in.

Wa­ter flowed rapidly across part of the Washington & Old Do­min­ion Trail in North­ern Vir­ginia and rose to car-bumper level in Es­sex, Md.

Atree fell onto a house on Wind­ing Waye Lane, in the Glen­mont area of Mont­gomery. A woman trapped in the house was res­cued.

About 7,000 homes and busi­nesses lost power for part of the af­ter­noon or evening, many of themin South­ern Mary­land and in the Mary­land area served by BGE.

Pho­to­graphs showed struc­tural dam­age in the Cle­ments area of St. Mary’s County. In one case, a barn col­lapsed, and in another, what was de­scribed as a garage was se­verely dam­aged, with cin­der blocks scat­tered.

By 5:30 p.m., 2.26 inches of rain had fallen at the of­fi­cial Na­tional Weather Ser­vice mea­sur­ing sta­tion at Bal­ti­more-Washington In­ter­na­tional Mar­shall Air­port.

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