Washington, D.C.’s public transportation system, the Metro, turned into a water park on Tuesday thanks to flash flooding.
When travelers stepped off the Metro’s Red Line into the Cleveland Park station, which services the National Zoo, they were greeted with an actual waterfall cascading down the main staircase. Passengers were forced to wade through ankle-deep water to get out of the station, after posting photos of the watery scenes on social media, of course, with the hashtag #UnSuckDCMetro. The pictures are truly incredible with water pouring down the escalator and stairs and commuters slogging through the flood waters to get home.
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“The station is prone to flooding because it is at the bottom of a hill,” said Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly, speaking to the Washington Post. “In these extreme weather situations, we get flash flooding.”
The station was closed for nearly two hours until the water was drained and cleared at about 8:30 p.m.
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Over the next few years, the D.C. Metro has at least 15 different projects planned to update and repair its aging infrastructure. The repairs will require closing some stations and slowed-down service, while some lines will be closing for up to a year, including trains that service popular tourist destinations like the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums. As the repairs get underway, hopefully the Metro will add waterproofing to their to-do list.