Heavy rains hit Washington DC and the surrounding area on Tuesday, causing many neighborhoods flooded, transport networks stranded and electricity supply cut off.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning when a storm struck, causing the highway heavy rain water, forcing the closure of many major roads.
Airport and train networks are also affected, due to bad weather.
Ronald Reagan Airport in the capital received about 83 millimeters of rain within an hour, the NWS said through tweets.
The local television stations transmitted in social media shows vehicles drowning on roads near landmarks such as the Washington Monument and some vehicle drivers stand on the roof of the car when water rises.
One of the videos shows torrents through a roof of a roof at the metro station here.
“Building flood barrier works well. Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill The joint rights of all valuable records are kept in the building, safe and not in danger, “the National Archives said in a statement.
Emergency services received dozens of calls from people asking for help. While floods are widespread, no deaths are reported.
Heavy rains and floods were however receding late on the same day, when assessments of damage began in the District of Columbia.
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