Fall Storms Make A Mess In DC

7:25 PM, Sep 30, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - - Traffic slowly crept by on Nebraska Avenue at Reno Road, NW as drivers looked at Mother Nature's aftermath: a massive tree uprooted. It was struck by lightning; fortunately it fell towards a wooded area.

On Rhode Island Avenue, NE (near the RE Ave Metro) tow trucks hauled away mud-filled cars that got stuck in nearly 4 feet of water around 11:30am.

75 year old Bernice Clark of Adelphi feels lucky to be alive as she looked inside her drenched car, "Oh my God! I was in there with all that mess? I love this car."

Her great grandson was in the passenger seat. He managed to get out and pull his great grandmother to safety. By the time he got to her the water had risen up to her neck.

"I knew staying in the car wouldn't do anything," said Devonte Williams, "we would've drowned in the car."

With the flooding subsided, street sweepers clear out the mud left behind. Police reopened the road to traffic around 1pm. One driver waiting by a tow truck was still in shock that the water rose so high, so fast even his SUV didn't make it.

Over on Capital Avenue, the grounds at Bethesda Baptist Church were full of mud and debris flood waters left behind. The pastor captured the flooding on his phone. Fire crews rescued some passerby's from the church's front steps: people looking for higher ground as the waters began to rise.

"It felt like under seige but thank God for the way things turned out," said Pastor Gregory Williams.

Clark agreed, saying it was divine intervention. Her church, Mount Calvary, is just 100 feet from where her car took on water.

"I just want to go home and get my Bible," she said, "how blessed we were."

Written by Delia Goncalves
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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