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Heavy rain leads to evacuations in Laurel

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Heavy rains caused flooding in and around the D.C. area Thursday.

Fire and rescue crews were busy at several locations helping drivers stranded by high water to safety.

On Riffle Ford Road in Darnestown, Md., a driver was rescued from a flooded street. Crews also responded to a situation in Brookville, Md.

Authorities tell drivers never to drive through standing water.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says heavier than expected rainfall prompted it to release water from the Brighton Dam in Brookeville and the Duckett Dam in Laurel. The releases have led to evacuations in parts of Laurel.

The water utility says rainfall was more than double what was expected in some areas. The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain fell overnight in some areas along the Patuxent River.

Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer says the city ordered evacuations Thursday morning that affect several hundred people in the historic district.

The weather service says the water releases will likely cause higher water levels than the area has seen in many years. Areas likely to flood include Laurel and Bowie.

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