Thunderstorm brings flooded roads and standing water to College Park

A resident of Terrapin Row takes a swim in the floodwaters of Guilford Drive during the storm on Sept. 10, 2020. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)

A powerful thunderstorm whipped through College Park Thursday afternoon, pouring down 3-6 inches of rain, flooding streets and pounding property.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch at 1:15 p.m., and it has extended the watch until 8 p.m.

A four-story building near Terrapin Row was reported to be struck by lightning at about 2:25 p.m., according to a tweet from the College Park Volunteer Fire Department. Two College Park units responded to the scene, the tweet read. 

In a video tweeted by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said that many areas of the county, including College Park, Hyattsville and Riverdale, have flooded roads and standing water. 

During the storm, University of Maryland Police tweeted that several College Park roads were closed due to flooding. While some roads have since reopened, several, including a section of Campus Drive between the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute and College Park Metro, remain closed.

The traffic lights at the intersection of Adelphi Road and University Boulevard were also out, according to another tweet from University Police. 

The county fire department received several calls about washed-out roadways, drivers trapped in their vehicles and flooded homes, Donelan said. 

The county is receiving additional water rescue assistance from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the Alexandria Fire Department and the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, to respond to all the calls, Donnelan said in a tweeted video.If you can, stay off the roads,” Donelan said in a video tweeted by the county fire department.

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