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Emergency officials are on the scene in parts of Northern Virginia, after flash floods caused two deaths and hundreds to evacuate.
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Emergency officials are on the scene in parts of Northern Virginia, after flash floods caused two deaths and hundreds to evacuate.

Two Northern Virginia residents are dead, and hundreds were forced to evacuate due to heavy rains and flash flooding. 


A 12-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters from his backyard in Vienna, and a man in his sixties was swept from his flooded car in Great Falls.  In addition to the deaths, about 200 homes in Huntington were forced to evacuate because of major flooding.

The Potomac River overflowed the waterfront neighborhood of Huntington in Fairfax County.

"This whole area back here at Huntington Park is flooded," says resident Henrietta Wilkins. "My neighbor over here had to be evacuated. I just want my power back on, so I can get my basement and everything cleaned up."

Officials are still assessing how safe it is for people to return once high tide dangers recede. Many homes have flooded basements, some with about a foot and half of water. 

In addition to major flooding, residents say the entire neighborhood lost utilities and suffered power outages, which caused some delays during yesterday evening commute. 

"Last night I couldn't get home," says Nancy Foot, another neighborhood resident. "'Route 1, Telegraph and Van Dorn were shut down - the Beltway shut down. So no body could get across."

Road conditions are still dangerous today, as scores of roads and transportation services remain closed, including VRE. According to the Virginia Department of Transportaion, 15 primary and 89 secondary roads are closed, as well as several ramps of the Northern Virginia Interstate.

 

 

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