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2 Sinkholes Form on Route 301 In La Plata

LA PLATA, Md. (WUSA) -- Charles County schools and government offices closed Wednesday due to major flooding and power outages. But the big story was the two huge sinkholes along Route 301 in La Plata.

Over 10 inches of rainfall in just 18 hours overwhelmed the pipes beneath the roadway. When they burst, the surrounding land slid away.

"Oh my god. This is wild. I've never seen anything like this," said a Charles County resident who stopped to survey the damage. "It's scary. My mind is kind of blown right now."

"I have never seen anything like this," said Candice Quinn Kelly, President of the Charles County Commissioners. "All of this water, all of those roads closed, to see this kind of back up that we are going to have on 301 which is a major artery, I've never seen anything like it."

PHOTOS: Flooding In Our Area Tuesday

Flood warnings are in effect for much of our area. Here are pictures of flooding from Tuesday.

Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Charles County

Severe Weather Causes Flooding in Charles County

 

FEMA chief: Stay at home in Irene's wake

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the nation's emergency response agency says people shouldn't underestimate the danger once Hurricane Irene passes.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Craig Fugate says flooding, weakened trees and downed power lines pose a danger even after the storm moves north up the Atlantic Coast.

Fugate is urging people not to drive around and sightsee after the storm has passed through their areas. His advice: Stay inside, stay off the roads, and let the power crews do their job.

Fugate made the round of the Sunday talk shows as the storm moved through New York City and the Northeast.

Local Twitter Trend Map

Local Twitter Trend Map

The D.C. Metro area is clearly thinking about the strength of Hurricane Irene...just look at this Twitter trend map of the area.

Current BGE Power Outages=526

Current BGE Power Outages=526

As Hurricane Irene approaches, check to see if there are power outages in your county.

Currently there are 526 BGE customers without power.

Prince George's County : 45

Baltimore City: 404

Baltimore:65

Calvert County: 6

Carroll County: 4

Harford County:1

 

Click here for a map of BGE's outages.

 

Here is a handy guide for contact numbers if you have a power outage.

PEPCO:

1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662)

Report downed wires and life-threatening emergencies:

1-877-Pepco-62 (1-877-737-2662) and press two.

TTY: 202-872-2369

Dominion:

1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

BG&E:

1-877-778-2222