Pick-up truck fails to avoid torrential Washington DC-area flooding and gets totally submerged

The moment is captured inside a neighborhood in the Washington DC area after a flash flood emergency was declared today (June 8) and a pick-up truck is seen totally submerged from the flash flooding.

"Six years living in this neighborhood, I had never seen anything like this," said Sweta, the filmer of her home in the Falls Church, Virginia area, which is about 8 miles from Washington DC.

"My brother had to walk knee deep in the rain to get to our car so it would avoid being submerged as badly as our neighbor’s truck and we spent 2 hours dumping out water from the car using empty yogurt bins," she said.

Torrential rainfall moving southward through D.C. is leaving a trail of widespread road flooding and stranded vehicles, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood emergency — a rare warning reserved for exceptionally severe and life-threatening urban flood events, according to media reports.

Various flood-related issues were reported on both the inner and outer loops of the Capital Beltway. The Clara Barton Parkway disappeared under muddy waters. Reports of water rescues from inundated vehicles became so frequent for a time, they were difficult to keep track of.

Downed trees and mudslides are also impacting commutes and causing dangerous situations around the region. Thousands are experiencing power outages, reports say.