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Downpour Wreaks Havoc on Reston

Afternoon storms cause flooding, down trees.

After two days of rain, it really started raining in Reston Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service forecasters warned that two inches an hour could fall, and they were right. At about 2 p.m., heavy rain started, swelling creeks, overwhelming storm drains, and stalling traffic.

Weather Bug stations at several locations reported that 6.22 inches of rain fell in Reston by 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Office workers tweeted that their parking lots were underwater. Several schools let families know that afternoon buses might be delayed.

By about 3:30 p.m., Lawyers Road was blocked off, as was Hunter Mill Road, Sunrise Valley Drive and Sunset Hills Road.

A flash flood warning remains in effect for Fairfax County through Thursday night.

At South Lakes High School, there were several roof leaks. There were also leaks reported at Terraset Elementary School, which is underground.

On North Shore, a tree fell on a South Lakes High School bus carrying special needs children. The driver and driver's aide were injured and taken away for medical treatment. No students were injured, Fairfax County Police said.

Police also said an officer was rescued when his car was stuck in high water on Walker Road in Great Falls.

The Fairfax Connector Park and Ride lot at Wiehle Avenue and Issac Newton Square was flooded by mid-afternoon.

The western end of Reston North Park and Ride, a VDOT-managed lot, is flooded with many cars completely submerged, according to Fairfax County. Flooding began around Issac Newton Square and got deeper westbound. Fairfax Connector routes 505, 595, 597 and 952 serve the lot.

Fairfax Connector buses were to be staged as mobile shelters at the eastern end of the lot to accommodate passengers who had experienced flooded cars. Fairfax Connector will also operate a shuttle between Reston North and the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride.

Is your basement flooded? Have you seen any damage in your neighborhood? Upload your observations and photos to this story.

Dori Solomon September 08, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Westbound Sunset Hills closed at Wiehle.
Jeanette Thomas September 08, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Keep hearing rescue vehicles bolting down Lawyers Rd. towards Twin Branches - does anyone know what's up?
LD September 08, 2011 at 08:33 PM
the local tv news is really useless... the top story has nothing to do with the flashfloods in our area. does anyone know if the toll road is really closed?
Chris Purcell September 08, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I heard them too - but on Reston Parkway.
Mary Lawrence Grothaus September 08, 2011 at 09:07 PM
good info on road closures: http://www.511virginia.org/RoadConditions.aspx?j=All&r=1
LD September 08, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Thanks MLG - I found that site... it's ok for what it delivers.... I thought that the local news would have the traffic report & local reporters on streets... Reston only got a shout out via a picture (the same picture that Patch tweeted from ParknRide). During Hurricane Irene - the news was nonstop... and it was no where near this bad.
Mary Lawrence Grothaus September 08, 2011 at 09:32 PM
yes, that site does not have all of Reston's road closures, unfortunately.
Cheryl Burnett September 08, 2011 at 09:33 PM
okay I am making a break for it... heading to Ridge Heights!!!! I will swim to the pontoon boat if I have too!!!
Nancy Loughin September 08, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Husband just called from the Reston side of Wiehle Ave. Said traffic is slow, but moving. Does anybody know if Wiehle is open to cross the Toll Road? Or, does it close before the Toll Road?
Friends of the Reston Regional Library September 08, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Glade Path behind Drop Forge, etc. (Reach 43) is flooded near bridge 59.
Friends of the Reston Regional Library September 08, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Oh -- if you want to see where the problem spots are on the roads, look up Reston on Google Maps and select Traffic. Wherever it's RED, there's probably water, tree or accident.
BBurns September 08, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Good idea - same for www.mapquest.com Click on Live Traffic and enlarge the map. They show Route 7 closed and lots of red. Red also means stop-and-go traffic/major congestion.
Dorothea September 09, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Barton Hill dam breach - uploaded on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s1NrXKhDxk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
Laurie Dodd September 09, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Fairfax County Schools are closed on Friday due to flooding.
Reashamor ba September 09, 2011 at 02:57 AM
12 year old child died on lawyers road because of flood
Karen Davidson September 10, 2011 at 12:14 AM
Does anyone know if there's flooding/trees down on Trophy Lane in Reston?
Constance Rue Hartke September 10, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Info on what to do for your pontoon or dock boat in a storm - http://paulhartke.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/beached-boats-on-reston-lakes/

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