Flooding Splits Blue/Yellow Line at Potomac Yard

by ARLnow.com August 15, 2011 at 8:37 am 2,811 14 Comments

Update at 9:40 a.m. — Normal service has been restored between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport. That will likely result in a couple of crowded trains running through Arlington stations, as residual crowds of stranded riders at Braddock Road clear out.

Thanks to flooding near Potomac Yard, the Blue and Yellow Lines have been split in two between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport this morning.

But while riders were treated to disaster movie-like scenes at the Braddock Road Metro station, where a crush of humanity lined up for shuttle buses to Reagan National, Yellow and Blue Line riders in Arlington said the morning commute was pretty average.

“Pentagon City crowded but not terrible,” Twitter user @smmccue told us. “No trains listed on arrivals board.”

“Not too bad. Slightly crowded, but nothing out of the ordinary,” said @nemesisgal. “Yellow Line train seemed a bit empty, but I just thought it was the August Effect.”

WMATA says it is pumping water in the flooded area.

“Service will be restored as quickly and safely as possible,” the transit agency said.

  • Uncle Charlie

    It is one big CF. Have no idea when I will get there. Been here since 7.

  • Rosslynite

    There was not THAT much rain yesterday (except in Donaldson Run). Could not Metro have anticipated this and been pumping all day and night yesterday to avoid farking up the morning commute? It sounds like all was well when they closed the system for the night and they woke up to find standing water.

    • normal

      You said it yourself – there was not that much rain yesterday, so why would they anticipate flooding?

  • Southeast Ben

    Will there be a bank robbery today? It’s been several days now.

    Current Odds: 13:1

  • You have to wonder if a little bit of regular maintenance on drainage areas, cleaning out sticks and leaves and trash, might not help keep flooding down when it rains hard.

    • TMP

      More effective than pumps and cleaning drains would be to curb over development. Most of the area is built on swamp to begin with, but it doesn’t help that the replacement of grass and trees by roads and box buildings eliminate any sort of natural sponge that would soak up this water, so all that runoff creates flooding.

      • Lou

        This. They put that big townhouse development with all its parking lots right on top of this tunnel years after it was built.

        I wonder why they even had to tunnel there. The CSX tracks stay on grade right next to the tunnel as they all pass under Route 1.

      • charlie

        i think that train has left. most buildings today have very little run off — as they keep their water for toiliets and a/c chillers.
        the biggest run off problem is roadways — not treated water, lots of oil and stuff going straight into the storm drains and the river.

        • normal

          You’re claiming that most buildings use rainwater for toilets and a/c chillers, charlie?

          I seriously doubt that. Maybe a few.

          It is true that the county is constructing buildings with green roofs lately.

        • I don’t think most buildings reuse rain water. Some, but few. Even so, there is only so much toilet flushing needed. When there is a deluge, it just overflows and heads out as runoff. The flood footprint of a building, even with water reuse, is so much worse than having a field, house with a yard, etc.

        • TMP

          Some modern buildings have dealt with environmental impacts with rooftop gardens. They not only absorb water that would normally run off into drainage, but they save on heating and air conditioning as they trap heat in the winter and reflect sun in the summer. I’ve seen this in Chicago, but it’s not widespread. Wish it was.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Buildings keep rainwater for toilets and A/C chillers? That’s news to me. Maybe very new buildings do that?

  • CW

    Terrible images coming out of Donaldson Run…the latest coming up at noon…

  • Arlwhenever

    All that sustainable development in the Potomac Yards distric is doing wonders for stormwater runoff, absorption and retention.


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