FAIRFAX COUNTY (WUSA9) -- Heavy rains, about a dozen roads in Fairfax County today required emergency crews to perform five rescues in the county and preventing some school buses from making their routes.
Along Columbia Pike at Blair Road, where locals say it floods every time it rains hard, some people were plowing right through more than a foot of water. But not Maureen Braun who said, "I'm turning around. I'm not an idiot!"
Some drivers were not sure what to do. One man changed his mind and started to back up, nearly hitting a car driving behind.
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In Merrifield, a family had to be rescued after the driver followed everything else on Hilltop road, which was covered with about a foot of water at bottom of the hill. His car was inundated with water and stalled out.
Deputy Fire Chief for Operation Bob Zaldos said as he pointed to Hilltop Road which was now clear of water but had clumps of sticks and debris on it, "This is a flash flood. It comes quickly, goes away quickly."
Rescuer Mike King explained that the water was shallow enough for them to push the car out, but had it been any deeper, and they would have used a ladder and flotation devices. They rescued two adults and two children.