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A Poolesville woman died Monday night when she lost control of her car and crashed into a tree after driving through standing water off of Darnestown Road near Bucklodge Road, Boyds.

Frances Cooke D’Anna, 52, of Poolesville, was traveling west in a Hundai Elantra on Darnestown Road about 9 p.m. when it crossed the eastbound lane of Darnestown Road, and struck a tree.

“We believe the vehicle passed through standing water and the driver lost control and hit a tree,” said Captain Jim Daly, Montgomery County Police spokesman.

D’Anna was transported to a local hospital where she died from her injuries. Her daughter, Lindsey Claire D’Anna, 18, also of Poolesville, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

Monday’s rainfall totals for the area ranged between two and five inches according to the National Weather Service website.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County reported several road closures due to flooding caused by Monday’s heavy rains.

Portions of six roads are closed. They include:

Berryville Road at the creek;

Hispley Mill Road, 24100 to 24898 block;

Izaak Walton Way, 20500 to 20574 block;

Kingstead Road, at the creek;

Loghouse Road between Newbury Road and Founders Road; and

West Old Baltimore Road at the creek.

Police advise drivers to find an alternate route rather than attempt to drive though flooded roadways.

“We never want people to cross roadways that are covered with water,” Daly said.

To report a flooded roadway call 311 or 240-777-0311 during Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 at any time.

Montgomery County dodged a bullet on tornado activity during Monday’s storms, but some residents of nearby Howard County are cleaning up from what is reported to be a minor tornado that touched down there.

Kevin Witt, meteorologist with National Weather Service, said that may or may not be true.

“We did get some damage in that area and we will be sending a meteorologist to survey the area to see if it was a tornado or damage from straight line winds,” he said.

Witt said there may be a few widely scattered showers today but they are not expected to be as widespread or severe as Monday’s.