PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Driving rain causes dangerous high waters, tearing a path of destruction across the region. Firefighters in Prince George’s County rescued two dozen drivers from rising water–this as homes in the area flooded out, leaving residents with nowhere to go.
Meghan McCorkell has more from the hardest hit areas in Prince George’s County.
Residents in two dozen homes are displaced after flash flooding tore through parts of the county.
Captured on cell phone camera, residents in Riverdale Park were trapped as water surrounded them on all sides.
The drivers of a car and Humvee were two of two dozen rescued by firefighters as flash flooding swept across the county.
“When the rain started, it just totally inundated our sewer system and all the excess water flowed out into the streets, into the intersections, basically trapping those cars in the high water,” said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire Department.
YouTube video captured water gushing from the streets in Berwyn Heights, pouring into homes.
“Was water coming here, water from the window, water from everywhere,” said Max Ruiz.
Ruiz was trying to save what he could as his home flooded. Firefighters had to pull him from chest-deep water.
“I think there was water coming through the door all the way up to here,” said Bret Galyean.
Water is still seeping in the bottom of the door at Galyean’s home.
Two dozen families are now evacuated.
“I’ve lived here about 10 years and never seen anything like this before,” he said.
Over in Riverdale Park, James Ingram raced home to rescue his two dogs as water rose around their crates.
“I love those dogs. Those are my kids,” he said.
Along Tuckerman Street, debris was still left behind from Tuesday morning’s storm. While the water’s gone, the damage remains as neighbors try to dry out.
Prince George’s County officials say no one was injured in the flooding.
Fire officials say all the damage happened in about a two-hour period.
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