(SOURCE) The National Weather Service issued a rare “flash flood emergency” for areas near Baltimore Tuesday as rainfall lashed the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas. More than 8 inches of rain have fallen in some areas, causing serious flash flooding and closing at least three major highways less than 24 hours after a similar downpour caused severe flooding in the Detroit area.
While the flash flood emergency has since expired, widespread impacts from the major flooding event were felt throughout the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area Tuesday afternoon well into the evening hours.
The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, which carries Interstate 895 underneath the Patapsco River, was closed due to flooding Tuesday afternoon but reopened around 3 p.m.
A portion of Route 295 between the Baltimore Beltway and Westport, Maryland, was also closed, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. Portions of the Outer Loop of the Beltway were closed.