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Water floods D.C. metro station

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Water flooded a D.C. metro station on Wednesday. (CNN) Water flooded a D.C. metro station on Wednesday. (CNN)
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It was a shocking sight at one Washington D.C. metro station when riders had to wade through flooded escalators and floors Wednesday afternoon.

The Metro released a time-lapse video of the scene at Cleveland Park Metro Station where a cascade of water poured into the station for about 12 minutes from beginning to end, making for dramatic pictures.

On Thursday, the corridors were dry, and the Metro reopened the station about two hours after the incident happened, but there are still questions.

"Too much water too fast, too much too fast, but it's never happened here before - probably never rained like it did in a long time,” said Eric Kelly, a D.C. water foreman.

He went to the scene on Thursday to inspect, and manholes were lifted for further investigation.

"That's the outlet right there, its wide open, the water down below the outlet, nothing in them,” Kelly said.

The opposite side of the street has had sandbags in place for years because of a flooding problem on that side.

D.C. Water’s spokesman said the agency met with officials three years ago and recommended drainage fixes around a parking lot expansion.

"There's no water in them. There's no debris in them, they're clean. It's just too much water too fast and the sewer line couldn't take it,” Kelly said.

According to the latest D.C. forecast, rain is supposed to continue through Friday and clear up by the weekend.

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