Woman, child hurt at flooded Md. house
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.