Updated 10:05 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30:
At 8:10 a.m., Montgomery County reported that the following roads were partially or entirely closed due to flooding or downed trees or wires.
The county is urging residents to avoid traveling today as wind and flooding still could create hazardous road conditions.
Note: Roads may reopen faster than the county updates this list. A Patch editor reported that he traveled the length of Quince Orchard Road and Montgomery Village Avenue this morning and did not encounter any closures. If you have information about closed or reopened roads to relay to neighbors, please add it to the comments below.
If you see a tree touching a power line, stay clear of the tree and call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662.
Call 911 in an emergency.
For other emergency transport assistance, call the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027.
The following county roads are closed for flooding:
- Howard Chapel Road.
- Edwards Ferry Road.
- Emory Lane.
- Gold Mine Road.
- W. Old Baltimore Road.
- Newcut Road.
- Zion Road.
- Brookeville Road.
- Kensington Parkway.
- Quince Orchard Road.
- Log House Road.
- Brighton Dam Road.
- Gue Road.
- Elton Farm Road.
- Fleming Avenue.
- Brink Road.
- Stockton Road.
- Riffle Ford Road.
- 25815 Woodfield Road.
- Strathmore Avenue at MD 355.
- Colesville Road (a mile north of University Boulevard, just south of Lockwood Drive).
The following roads have downed trees and wires:
- Chesterfield Road.
- Peach Tree Road.
- Watkins Road.
- Brink Road.
- Astoria Lane.
- Davis Mill Road.
- Arrowood Road at Kittery Lane.
- 5950 Grosvenor Lane.
- S. Glen Road at Glen Mill Road.
- MacArthur Boulevard at Whiterim Drive.
- 13108 Brandown Way.
- 5310 Oakland Road.
The following roads have a tree down:
- White Ground Road at Schaffer Road.
- 12700 Middlebrook Road.
- Montgomery Village Avenue at Walkers Choice Road.
- Shiloh Church Road at Conrad Springs Road.
- Scenery Drive at Germantown Road.
- Peachtree Road at Comus Road.
- Doubleland Road at Frontwell Circle.
- W. Old Baltimore Road at Peachtree Road.
- Twinbrook Parkway at MD 355.
- Hipsley Mill Road at Damascus Road.
The following park roads are closed:
- Little Falls Parkway.
- Beach Drive.
The following roads have reopened:
- Arcola Avenue.
- Georgia Avenue.
- Killdeer Drive.
- Westlake Drive.
Updated 7:07 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30:
The following roads are closed due to high water:
- Columbia Pike (MD 29) is closed just south of Lockwood Drive in the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring.
- Beach Drive is closed from the Washington, DC, line to Grosvenor Lane
- Little Falls Parkway is closed between River Road (MD190) to Massachusetts Avenue
- Sligo Creek Parkway is closed between University Boulevard (MD 193) to New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650)
- Kensington Parkway is closed between Beach Drive to Glenmoor Drive
Traffic signals to be out or flashing at the following locations:
- Olney/Sandy Springs Road (MD 108) at New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650)
- River Road (MD 190) and Piney Meeting House Road
- Old Georgetown Road (MD 187) and the I-495 south ramp.
- Tuckerman Lane and Sugarbush Lane
If lights are out at intersections drivers are required to treat the interesction as a four-way stop.
Original post, 11:45 a.m.: Montgomery County urged motorists to use caution on county roads on Monday and announced the first county roads to be closed due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
Portions of Little Falls Parkway (see photo), Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive are closed due to flooding and signals are dark along Shady Grove Road, the county announced in a news release.
Montgomery County Police have responded to a call of a tree blocking
the roadway at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Brighton
At this time travelers are being advised that the westbound lane is
shutdown, according to Montgomery County Police Spokeswoman Rebecca
"We have asked for county roads to come out and take care of that
tree," she added.
The following roads are closed:
- Beach Drive between Carroll and Wayne avenues and from the DC line to Grosvenor Lane.
- Little Falls Parkway between River Road (MD 190) and Massachusetts Avenue.
Traffic signals are dark at the following intersections:
- Frederick Road at Shady Grove Road.
- Shady Grove Road and the off ramp at Interstate 370.
- Montgomery County Police were called to 19600 Goshen Road for a two-car collision. No injuries were reported. Due to property damage a tow truck was called to scene for property damage, according to Montgomery County Police officials.
The potential exists for more traffic signals to go dark as power outages are expected. State law now requires motorists approaching non-operational traffic signals to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
A flood warning is in effect. “Rainfall of 6 to 10 inches is likely in the Seneca Creek basin, which will cause moderate flooding,” according to the National Weather Service.
“Residents are reminded to avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams,” the county news release said.
“Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.”
County parking garages and lots are open Monday and Tuesday at no charge, along with on-street meters.
In a news conference on Monday morning, Gov. Martin O’Malley urged Marylanders to stay off the roads for the next 24 to 36 hours.