Seriously, if this berserk weather persists, we should all expect to be roaming the gray wastelands in a couple years, eluding bands of cannibals while armed with a revolver and our last two bullets. As of the time I left for work this morning my power was still out, and I can only hope that my recent experience of five days without electricity will not be repeated.
I wandered over to Sligo Creek, which had overflowed its banks as a result of the torrential downpour, at points even covering the parkway. Near the parkway's intersection with Colesville, a tree was down, completely blocking the road. I started to get closer to investigate, but quickly realized wading through flood water near a downed power line was an easy way to become a Darwin Award recipient.
As I stood there shaking my head, car after car drove all the way up to the downed tree (through the flood water) before turning back, even though one could clearly see from a block away that the road was completely obstructed.
Even the Beltway was flooded in parts. At the Colesville Road exit, enough water had pooled on the roadway that only 1 1/2 lanes were open on the left side. I can only imagine the length of the backup that was causing. The power also looked to be out at the Four Corners intersection, which is never good, particularly during rush hour.
Well, here's hoping everything is back to normal for the evening rush...