Don't go chasing waterfalls - unless you're trying to leave work in Washington in the middle of a huge rainstorm and you can't help getting caught in the Cleveland Park Metro Station.

The storms began about 2 pm yesterday (local time) in the D.C. region and continued for more than six hours. Streets turned into rivers as a result of the downpour, and cars sliced through floods during the evening commute. The water was of such a sheer volume, it poured down the escalators and into the Metro station at Cleveland Park.

Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly told the Washington Post "the station is prone to flooding because it is at the bottom of a hill."

"In these extreme weather situations, we get flash flooding," she said.

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The station was closed for nearly two hours until the water could drain.