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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Serious Flooding in Reston; School Bus Struck By Downed Tree Near Lake Anne ES


Courtesy of the Twitter machine and Fairfax Connector, here is a picture taken this afternoon at the North Reston Park & Ride lot in the midst of the five six-plus inches of rain that fell today. During our own hour-long sojourn to nearby Herndon, we saw several downed trees, including one that appears to have struck a school bus on North Shore near Lake Anne Elementary:


No word on any injuries; hopefully it was less scary than it looked. Time to upgrade the 1980s-era cellphone.

Fairfax Connector will be staging a bus at the North Reston Park & Ride as a "mobile shelter" for folks who get to the lot and find their cars have been transformed into U-Boats.

Update: No injuries from the school bus incident, according to our Twitter besties at Patch. And here's an even scarier photo of the flooding on Sunset Hills/Reston North P&R:


Though it seems obvious, remember to avoid attempting to drive through giant rivers of muddy, swirling water. And here's one more picture of disputed origin, in case you can't get enough:


Update #2: Now a tree has fallen at Sunrise Valley and Soapstone:


With more rain expected through the evening, it's going to be a long night.

Update #3: Commenters say that patients and staff at Kaiser off Sunset Hills are/were stranded. A fun collection of video action is available here; by now everyone's seen and/or retweeted this. And Confidential Restonian Operative "J" shares this:
Now that the water has filled the 100-year floodplain, I am looking for a map showing the 200-year floodplain.
Update #4: Two Fairfax County residents have died in the floodwaters, including a 12-year-old near Lawyers Road in Vienna.

Not surprisingly, Fairfax County schools are closed on Friday.


  1. Reston Operative "Ryan"September 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    My girlfriend has been stuck on Baron Cameron Road for almost an hour and a half and has moved maybe a block. Stay inside unless you drive a helicopter!

  2. Wiehle Avenue has been a cluster-you-know-what most of the afternoon. It's moving now, but SLOWLY.

  3. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonSeptember 8, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    A perfectly healthy large oak in my yard gave up the ghost this afternoon and fell squarely across the front lawn, entirely blocking the street. It appears the roots just gave out under the onslaught of rain. Fortunately no one was near the oak when it fell and there was no property damage. Kudos to VDOT for getting out here in an hour to cut it up and reopen the road. A couple of more trees are down the next street over as well.

    Emergency vehicles with sirens have been going up and down Lawyers Road all day.

    According to WJLA-TV, as of 5:00 p.m. more than five inches of rain have fallen in Reston today, the vast majority of it since noon.

    I actually see some blue sky as I'm writing this, but we are supposed to get more rain today and tomorrow.

  4. It's very, very considerate for Fairfax Connector to stage one of their buses as a "mobile shelter." Good thinking!

  5. Kudos to Fairfax Connector for providing a mobile shelter!

  6. can we send some of this stuff to TEXAS? they need it, we don't!!!

  7. I like how the hurricane did nothing to us, but this drizzle is drowning us.

  8. Someone stole that fourth picture from me and gave me no credit.

  9. Check it @Alan_Eisenman

  10. Patients and staff stranded in Kaiser offices on Sunset Hills.

  11. Where did you get fcps closed on Friday? Their website doesn't say do.

  12. It's on the FCPS website now.

  13. Bunch of friggin' lightweights. One little bus gets crushed and suddenly FCPS is in hysterics.

    Next thing you know, they'll be closing schools simply because it's threatening to snow.

  14. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods...must be time for pestilence. Cicadas will up next.

  15. Dang... I heard there was flooding and submerged cars, but I was skeptical until I saw those photos. Now I'm a believer!

  16. Can't wait for the Cicadacopolypse!

    The creek behind my street was a raging river yesterday. They just finished the stream restoration which seemed to funnel the torrent of water fairly well. At one point the water was flowing over the pedestrian bridge!

  17. I wonder if any of the plantings from the Glade deforestation survived? The bif American Holly at the Zone 4 pedestrian bridge is a goner.


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