The worst flooding in over eight years has been recorded in some areas next to the Potomac River, especially near Washington, D.C. Following weeks of heavy rain and above-average rainfall, all of that water has began to flood the banks of the river.

The Potomac River at Georgetown in the nation’s capital crested this morning at near-major flood stage. Water levels peaked at 9.63 feet, which is the highest water level at this recording station since 10.42 feet in March 13th, 2010. Despite these high levels, there have not been any major problems other than the river overflowing its banks, flooding immediate surrounding areas.

Further upstream at Point of Rocks, the river crested at major flood stage (25.83 feet) Monday afternoon. The water levels are now gradually falling, but this crest was the 17th highest on record at that location.

Thankfully, with drier conditions ahead, these water levels will continue to drop and no flood issues are expected through at least next week in the Mid-Atlantic region.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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