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    Quote Originally Posted by sjclaeys View Post
    The C&O towpath from Chain Bridge to Georgetown is in good shape with nice puddles if you want.
    I still have to hose my bike off from yesterday's ride on the towpath.

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    After seeing reports last night about how bad 4mrt was near Shirlington, I was SHOCKED by the fact the 4mrt turn off from the MVT was completely clear on my ride home from work. No debris, no water, no mud, nothing. Usually after flooding there's at least a few nasty debris piles under the GW Parkway/Route 1 bridges. It was so clean I actually wonder if someone had gotten there and cleared it out already since I can't imagine that area didn't flood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emm View Post
    After seeing reports last night about how bad 4mrt was near Shirlington, I was SHOCKED by the fact the 4mrt turn off from the MVT was completely clear on my ride home from work. No debris, no water, no mud, nothing. Usually after flooding there's at least a few nasty debris piles under the GW Parkway/Route 1 bridges. It was so clean I actually wonder if someone had gotten there and cleared it out already since I can't imagine that area didn't flood.
    My theory is that this flood was so powerful and fast that it swept all the debris much further.

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    From Vienna to DC today: W&OD was clear, watch out for leftover mud/silt though on all the underpasses between the Custis and Columbia Pike. One spot in my usual line almost caused me to wipe out. There was a tree down in the Vienna area but it was only blocking a small portion of the trail. 4MRT was all clear too, they came in and cleared out the Glebe road underpass which was surprising.

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    Probably the most dramatic casualty of yesterday's flood was the bridge in Glen Carlyn that used to be here:
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    The water was so powerful it tilted the earth
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    Probably the most dramatic casualty of yesterday's flood was the bridge in Glen Carlyn that used to be here:
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    From ARLnow: As of last night, the an Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman said the department was aware of “at least six pedestrian bridges adjacent to the Four Mile Run stream and one storage building at Bon Air Park” which have been washed away.

    Apparently there are five additional ped bridges gone?

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    An update from 11 am Tuesday:
    1. I rode the length of the CCT (Bethesda to Georgetown). Trees have been cleared. Some muddy patches are still there, especially but not exclusively in the stretch between Chain Bridge and the Dalecarlia Tunnel (under MacArthur Blvd). It looked like more cleanup was still underway when I passed around 10:30
    2. I rode on Rock Creek from Georgetown up to Broad Branch. The area north of P Street that is usually a big muddy mess after a heavy rain (when the creek overflows) had only a thin layer of mud. There were a few muddy patches but it looked like all the big ones had been cleared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoot View Post
    From ARLnow: As of last night, the an Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation spokeswoman said the department was aware of “at least six pedestrian bridges adjacent to the Four Mile Run stream and one storage building at Bon Air Park” which have been washed away.

    Apparently there are five additional ped bridges gone?
    Maybe that storage building is where all the corrugated metal near George Mason came from:
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    None of the bridges on the W&OD were damaged south/east of the Custis. That was the only one I saw between Glen Carlyn and Walter Reed Drive that was out. All the fords were still there, although there was some damage/erosion around them in some cases. I'm curious, then, about which others they might be.
    There's only 1 more I can think of south/east of Walter Reed: the one at Oakland St. Upstream from the Custis that aren't that many, and no one has reported the connectors to Dominion Hills or EFC Metro, or the one in Benjamin Banneker Park as being gone. Are they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoot View Post
    Apparently there are five additional ped bridges gone?
    Two pedestrian bridges over Lubber Run behind the Lubber Run Amphitheater were washed away. That's just off of Four Mile Run so probably count in that total.

    Lubber Run north of 50 is a mess. Route 50 over Lubber Run is actually a really tall causeway with a teeny-tiny culvert at the base for a lazy Lubber Run to pass through. The culvert is about the size of a Mini Cooper. Lubber Run floodwaters bottlenecked here and built up behind the Route 50 causeway like a giant dam. Judging by the debris in the tree branches, the water was probably 20 feet high up above the normal level of Lubber Run.

    Parts of the Lubber Run bridges managed to squeeze through the culvert and got hung up at the confluence of Lubber and Four Mile. Between the confluence and the W&OD, Four Mile Run looks like a giant's game of pick up sticks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baiskeli View Post
    My theory is that this flood was so powerful and fast that it swept all the debris much further.
    Nope. Low tide was at 0814 so the tidal part of FMR had no problem dumping into the Potomac.

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