Heavy rains flood Route 1 communities
A deluge drenched the Washington, D.C., region Sept. 10, 2020, transforming trickling creeks into raging rivers and flooding low-lying roadways and neighborhoods. Along the inner-Beltway Route 1 corridor in Prince George’s County, officials in College Park, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Mount Rainier told Route 1 Reporter of major flooding events in their respective cities. According to the Capitol Weather Gang, cities in this area received the highest total rainfall across the entire region during the day. Mount Rainier and College Park rainfall was estimated to be between three and four inches of rain as of 3:40 p.m.
In North Brentwood, an historically African American community founded by Black Civil War veterans and whose flood-prone location is chained to the legacy of Jim Crow racial segregation, floodwaters persisted on city streets hours after rains left the area.