Grab Your Ark For This Morning’s Commute

Dulles Access Road, taken by We Love DC’s Max Cook

This isn’t a post to tell you it’s raining (although, man, is it ever), but to make sure you get to work or wherever you may be going this morning safely. Stories are coming in from around the city that heavy standing water is affecting many different parts of the morning commute, especially throughout Northern Virginia. More specifics and images after the jump.

We Love DC author Max Cook alerted us to the first pain point out on 267, where getting onto the toll portion is a little bit of a headache. The gates are down to single file and the back-up is adding to the pain point of driving in the rain. There are additional concerns in and around the I-66 corridor in Arlington, as well. Kristin Fisher of WUSA posted a few warnings on Twitter on her way in that the interstate has some severe water issues, and that there is a water rescue required for three drivers caught in their cars back in Vienna. One commuter even got some video of what it looks like on 495 near Tyson’s:

Inside the District, there are a few other trouble spots as well. Tom shared the below photo from Rhode Island Ave NE, where he noted that the right lane is down to “SUV Only” for the time being (although it clears up past Florida):

Rhode Island Ave NE, from We Love DC’s Tom Bridge

The metro seems fine for now (although I’d guess that Foggy Bottom will start flooding any minute now) – at least due to rain. The red line, due to an event at Union Station, is single tracking.

Good luck today – it sounds like we all may need it. And remember: please do not drive through standing water. Stay safe.

Dave Levy is a PR guy by day, a media researcher on the side and a self-proclaimed geek. He blogs often about how traditional media adapts – or tries to adapt – to the growing digital media world at State of the Fourth Estate. You can follow Dave on Twitter for various updates about everything from sports from his previous home in Boston to eccentric and obscure pop culture references. Read why Dave loves D.C.

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