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Heavy rain slams DMV, causes flooding, road closures and chaos

A Flash Flood Emergency prompted massive flooding across the DMV.

WASHINGTON — Torrential downpours swept across the D.C. region during Monday morning's commute, causing chaos, road closures and water rescues. 

Flash flood warnings were in effect for D.C. and surrounding areas until 2 p.m. on Monday. 

The intense rainfall washed out roads, stranded people in their cars and caused flooding in unlikely areas. 

DC FLOOD MAP | Where in the District has the highest flood risk?

Use this map below to track the status of road closures in the District (as of 5:00 p.m. Monday):

The Virginia Square Metro Station became the site of a waterfall after floodwaters stormed the ceiling, gushing water onto the tracks and platform. 

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With it being the morning rush hour, many people across the region risked the flooded roadways and attempted to drive through the high waters. Fairfax County, Va. had at least 55 water rescues, which included home evacuations due to flooding. 

Washington D.C. had 15 water rescues. Six of them were on Canal Road NW, three were at Malcolm X Avenue SE and Capitol. Three others were at South Capitol and Southern Avenue SE and three at 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW - which is right next to the White House.

Montgomery County, Md. had 25-30 water rescues.

The heavy rain also caused dozens of road closures in different communities across the DMV. 

There were at least 30 road closures reported in Fairfax County, Va., 16 in Montgomery County, Md. and 11 in the District.  

The rainfall was so powerful that at least two sink holes appeared in Maryland after the storms. One sink was reported at Fenway Road and Carderock Springs Road in Bethesda, Md. The other was reported on Belfast Road in Potomac, Md. No injuries were reported. 

The sink hole on Belfast Road eventually gave way and washed out the road. Being the only access road for the community, residents have no way of getting in and out. 

RELATED: Flash flood wipes out only access road to Maryland community

In addition to flooding and road closures, the downpours also caused a mudslide that caused the wall of a house in Potomac, Md. to collapse. 

RELATED: Mudslide collapses wall of Potomac house after torrential downpour

The chaos continued on the Beltway causing traffic jams and back ups. 

In Virginia, the Capital Beltway (I-495) was closed for a few hours after a tree fell onto a vehicle.

On the Inner Loop of I-495, a tractor trailer jackknifed near Old Georgetown Rd and Route 355. Official said it was not carrying any hazardous material.

Credit: WUSA

One of the hardest hit areas was McLean, Virginia. 

Rain pounded the area at a rate of between three and four inches per hour. Streams quickly overflowed their banks, covering the major arteries. Cars became stuck in fast-rising water along Dolly Madison, Old Dominion and Kirby Road - and, the McLean Little League Field is a disaster.  

The rainfall also hit the heart of D.C., where three people had to be rescued from their flooded vehicles. People climbed to the top of their cars as flash floodwaters climbed with them.  

RELATED: A month's worth of rain fell in the DMV in less than two hours Monday

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