Week­end rain leaves last­ing im­pacts

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MARTIN WEIL AND LYNH BUI martin.weil@wash­post.com lynh bui@wash­post.com

Most of the area’s heav­i­est rain had de­parted by Satur­day, but many ap­par­ent ef­fects re­mained, in­clud­ing the par­tial col­lapse of an apart­ment house, eroded beaches, closed roads, fall­ing trees and soaked bed­ding for dogs at a shel­ter.

Nearly a dozen peo­ple were dis­placed from an apart­ment build­ing in the 3800 block of V Street SE af­ter a base­ment wall col­lapsed about 3 a.m., the D.C. fire de­part­ment said. A build­ing in­spec­tor de­clared the struc­ture un­safe, the fire de­part­ment said.

The Hu­mane Res­cue Al­liance, the city’s an­i­mal shel­ter, ap­pealed for help, say­ing it was in ur­gent need of tow­els, sheets and blan­kets, af­ter Fri­day’s rains caused flood­ing in the dog dens at its adop­tion cen­ter at 1201 New York Ave. NE.

Later, the al­liance said many peo­ple had con­trib­uted and it was “over­whelmed by the out­pour­ing of sup­port.”

About 20 roads re­mained closed in Mont­gomery County early Satur­day, and wa­ter­logged soil around the re­gion caused trees to top­ple.

In one in­ci­dent, a CSX freight train struck a tree on tracks in Sil­ver Spring early Satur­day.

A small fire broke out in the lead car, but no in­juries were re­ported, the county fire and res­cue ser­vice said.

As much as seven inches of rain was re­ported Fri­day and Satur­day.

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