Reagan gates, baggage area closed off by flooding

WASHINGTON - Officials at Reagan National Airport have evacuated part of a gate area and closed off one terminal's baggage area after a problem with a pipe caused flooding.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Tara Hamilton, said Saturday that flooding was ankle deep in the terminal C baggage claim area. That baggage claim was closed as were about a dozen gates in terminal C, Hamilton said.

The airport has three terminals. Hamilton said it was unclear how many flights were affected, but they were primarily US Airways flights. The flooding started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and the water problem was located and the water turned off about two hours later.

Flooding caused by rain and melting snow also closed a road north of the Capital Beltway on Saturday afternoon. U.S. 1 in Beltsville was closed around Ammendale Road.

The National Weather service had issued a flood warning for urban areas and small streams until 2 p.m. Saturday for much of Maryland, and until 2:30 p.m. for parts of Northern Virginia.

- Associated Press