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Prince George's County Declares June As “Flood Awareness Month"


This story comes to us from Carol Terry:

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George’s County Council have declared June to be Flood Awareness Month.

Floods are America’s #1 natural disaster and can happen anytime, anywhere.  In fact, 90 percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding.  June is the start of a six-month period commonly known as “hurricane season.”  While hurricanes are not common occurrences in Prince George’s County, the severe weather conditions that occur during hurricane season, such as tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains, can cause flooding which threatens lives, and damages property and structures.

Prince George's County Opens Cooling Centers

(WUSA) -- Due to the heat advisory, Prince George's County is opening cooling centers.

Two of the locations are exclusively for seniors:



  • New Carrolton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrolton (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)



  • Camp Springs Senior Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)


Four others are open to all from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.:


  • Fairland Regional Park, 14110 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel



  • Rollingcrest Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum



  • Palmer Park Community Center, 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover



  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Hillcrest Heights


Road Closures In Your Area

(WUSA) -- Many local government websites offer a list of road closures and other services during heavy rain.

As part of WUSA9.com's weather coverage, we compiled the list of links you need to check before hitting the road.

The Frederick County, Md. website supplies an updated report on roads that are closed.

Montgomery County's website doesn't actually inform you about closures. However, it does tell you where to avoid driving during a downpour.

Fairfax County, Va. offers drivers tips on how to drive when there are flooded roads.

Metro Rolls Out Plan For Heavy Rains, Flooding

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel has outlined Metro's plan to handle the expected heavy rains Wednesday night and Thursday.

Taubenkibel says Metro will be paying close attention to areas where officials know there have been leaks or flooding. Crews have begun installing sandbags in areas around grates and other areas where they had leaks or high water problems in the past.

They will also be staging extra gear, such as sandbags, sump pumps and wet-dry shop vacs, in and around known problem areas.

Taubenkibel also says additional plumbers will be held over on shift to deal with water problems.

Certain stations will be getting extra attention because of past concerns. They are:

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

Snow Predicted - Power Outages Are a Possibility - Be Prepared

The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow this afternoon in Prince George’s County. Snow will arrive this afternoon and is expected to fall and accumulate quickly during the evening hours. The snow is expected to be of a heavy and wet texture, meaning, the weight of the snow accumulating on trees and overhead utility lines could result in power outages. The men and women of the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department want you to remember Safety First!!!

<a href="http://suitland.wusa9.com/content/rescue-officials-warn-everyone-stay-ice">Rescue Officials Warn Everyone To Stay Off The Ice</a>

BLADENSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County firefighters and medics are undergoing ice rescue classes all this week.  The classes are conducted every year to prepare for the worst case scenarios.

Firefighter Matthew Rickard says, "This time of year we have to be ready for any emergency that might arise."

Assistant Chief Richard Takacs says the frigid conditions provide a unique opportunity to keep these rescue workers on their toes.

Takacs says, "The suits do a great job of keeping them buoyant and warm, but it is a foreign environment, and we want them to get used to that, get used to hooking into the ropes and used to the rope techniques so that if an emergency should occur they are well prepared."

Even though the need for ice rescues are rare in this area, Takacs reminds everyone to stay away from the ice.

Heavy Rainfall Possible Thursday

With the area drying out after showery conditions for the last few days, another storm system is brewing and could threaten the Washington D.C. Metro area with more rainfall by Thursday.

Current weather model forecasts indicate the potential for some very heavy rainfall in association with a tropical weather system that is currently developing in the Caribbean. This storm system could intensify and stream tropical moisture and rainfall over the area. Most forecasts indicate the potential for greater rainfall that was experienced during the most recent rain event.

Residents should stay tuned for local media and the local weather service office for the latest details and updates. It should be noted that rainfall of the magnitude forecasted COULD cause areas of flooding.

On the positive side, however, more rainfall will provide great relief for the farmers currently being impacted by moderate to severe drought.