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Northeast Weather Disrupts Travel

June 26, 2006

Northeast Weather Disrupts Travel
June 26, 2006 – Flooding has closed several buildings in Washington, D.C, after a weekend of heavy rain. The Justice Department building, Internal Revenue Service headquarters and the National Archives were all closed on Monday, according to CNN. Washed-out roads, mud blocking the Capital Beltway and delays on the area’s rail lines has caused multiple delays throughout the area.

The storm dumped more than 7 inches of rain in 24 hours at the National Arboretum, and a flash flood watch was in effect for the region with another 2 inches of rain expected Monday.

"They need to give us time to make sure everything’s OK," said Michelle Pourciau, the acting director of the D.C. Department of Transportation. "We know that more rain is coming … We’re trying to prepare for the additional rain as well."

High waters shut down some Amtrak and commuter rail lines into the capitol, and the service that resumed between Washington and Philadelphia Monday morning was delayed. Metro subway service in the city also was disrupted because of high water on the electrified rails downtown.

On the Capital Beltway, a mud slide piled five feet of debris on the roadway near Alexandria, Va. Transportation crews were working to open at least some lanes for the morning commute but warned of long delays.

In northeastern Maryland, Harford County officials Monday issued a mandatory evacuation of cabins along the Broad Creek watershed as the creek began to overflow its banks.

In Maryland, Route 307 was completely washed out in a large section, down to the gravel, said Maryland State Police spokesman Russell Newell. The road will have to be completely rebuilt in order to be used again.

"It is quite a serious situation," Newell said. "There’s a lot of roads that have been disabled due to heavy rains and flooding."

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