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The torrential downpour that never seemed to let up Wednesday led to at least six water rescues by Montgomery County teams and several road closures.

Wet weather is expected to continue much of the day Thursday, with the area getting several inches of rain when it finally stops.

A rash of water rescues started at around 12:30, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesman Pete Piringer. Swift Water Rescue crews responded to at least six reports of cars stranded in high water, he said. No injuries were reported.

“The rescues were seamless,” he said.

According to Piringer’s tweets, one rescue was at northbound Cabin John Parkway near Clara Barton Parkway where one person was trapped inside a car surrounded by water.

Piringer also reported rescues and cars stuck in high water in the 17600 block of Auburn Village Drive in Olney; at Burning Tree Road and Melody Lane in Bethesda; at Bradley Boulevard and Fallen Oak Drive in Bethesda; Littleton Street and Bushey Drive in Silver Spring; Democracy Boulevard and Fernwood Road in North Bethesda; Genoble Street and Turkey Foot Drive in Rockville; in the 1900 block of Brighton Dam Road and at Cedar Lane near Beach Drive in Bethesda.

Portions of Bethesda, Olney and Aspen Hill have been hit the hardest, according to Piringer.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Road closures include portions of Clopper Road, Quince Orchard Road; Bradley Boulevard, according to a tweet from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Spokesman Pete Piringer.

According to the Montgomery County website, all local park and elementary/middle school fields are closed Wednesday due to inclement weather or wet field conditions with the exception of synthetic turf fields. Updates can be found by calling: 301-765-8787

The National Weather Service is predicting mostly sun on Friday, with a high near 69.