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Arlington Assisting with Water Rescues in Fairfax County

by ARLnow.com September 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm 4,607 21 Comments

Update at 6:25 p.m. — Another ACFD unit has been dispatched to a swift water rescue at the intersection of Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike in Lincolnia.

Update at 4:50 p.m. — At this point we’ve heard at least three four ACFD units dispatched to assist with swift water rescues.

Several squads from the Arlington County Fire Department have been dispatched to Fairfax County to assist with swift water rescues.

The first mutual aid call came in just after 3:00 p.m. Units have been dispatched to locations like Oakton and Great Falls.

While Arlington has remained fairly dry for much of the afternoon, a line of heavy rains has been soaking parts of Fairfax County for several hours. Via Twitter, there have been several reports of flooding on portions of Route 50, Route 123 and the Dulles Toll Road.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    For anyone that uses Rt. 123 west going toward Tysons and Vienna, there was some bad flooding on 123 going under the Beltway just before the Tysons shopping center and the right exit to Westpark Dr. I was out running errands in McLean and lunch time and the far left lane on 123 in that area had cars just barely getting by. Big back ups at that time and won’t get any better come the afternoon rush hour.

    • PikerShorts

      Any news on toll road flooding?

      • Bluemontsince1961

        There were reports of some flooding on 267 and 123 last evening but no indication of severity.

  • For those wondering about the specifics, @thejoelowry tells us via Twitter that it was Truck 106 that was dispatched, to the Oakton area.

    • Just heard a battalion chief dispatched to another swift water rescue in Fairfax Co.

  • Thes

    Glad to see Arlington taxpayers are lending a hand to our neighbors in need. Sometimes Fairfax and Alexandria help us out, sometimes we help them out. Makes us all efficient at the same time we are saving lives.

    Best wishes to our skilled rescue workers and I hope they are successful.

    • Truthi

      Like they did last night for a water rescue at Route 50 and Manchester and Route 110 by the Memorial Bridge

  • Alexandrian

    I kept receiving text alerts from GMU Fairfax today about flooded streets in/around campus, and I’m in the office in Rosslyn wondering what the heck, it didn’t rain that bad today! Guess Arlington was spared for once…

    • Cate

      Except for Donaldson Run.

  • CW

    Isn’t Donaldson run up that way?

    • BlueSkies

      It must be running fast today!

  • Frank

    Just got back from Fairfax Shopping Center (at Rte 50 in Fairfax) where had to stay for 2 hours while watching numnuts try to drive through swift water well over the top of tires. Glad I got off the road when I did.

    Kudos to the firefighters who rescued the occupants of these cars and minivans – and who tried to stop them from continuing forward – but several just ignored them.

    It would be a good idea to really believe the authorities when they say the water rises quickly – it came out of nowhere and just didn’t stop coming. Several businesses in the center were flooded and there wasn’t anything anyone could do to help them.

  • 25th Rd N

    I spent all day drying out my basement, after going to Home Depot at 7 am to buy a wet vac, so I’m glad Arlington seems to have been spared this afternoon.

  • RandomGuy

    Unfortunate folks who’ll find their cars submerged on Sunset Hills Rd, Reston

    • Hungry

      Ugh. What a mess!

    • Johnny Utah

      Holy crap. Note to self, do not buy a used car in reston. Odds are..its’ been flooded!

  • Haha…Arlington to the rescue
    • Haha…Arlington to the rescue

      (Scroll down to watch the dude tubing down the road)

      • Johnny Utah

        nice find sir!

    • Frank

      Yep, saw that knucklehead – little did he know that if he went much further (they finally got him out) he would have been swept right over the storm culvert and fallen a good long way – the water was moving too fast and was too deep for people to walk out of it right across from Hooters and Red Lobster on 29/50.

      • Rick

        Fairfax City police probably gave him a speeding ticket


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