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right now on "news4 this week" flash flood emergency. a father finds himself in a dangerous spot after heavy downurs during a messy mornin commute. changing climate. why warming global temperatures could mean more dangerous flooding events in the future. and grocery wars, ompetition bringing down the prices at your local supermarket. susan hogan went out in search of the best bedeals for you and your family. >> announc: welcome to "news4 this week." >> i am leon harris. one of theto biggest sies this week was a morning commute turned upside down by a dull uj. when water rushes over the road
we warn you all the time turn around, doesn't drown.th week we saw what could go down if you don't heed this advice a. father forced to carry his kids through waist deep flood waters a. rescue you will see only on news4. >> reporter: it only took a few seconds to make a bad decision and put a family in danger during the dain that felling the height of the morning rush. watch as this dad had to carry his two little girls 678 they weryearound 7 s of age, in each arm, to get them out of their stalled car, trapped ingh hiater here at the intersection of little falls parkway and massachusetts avenue. luckily, the dad was able to carry them away safely. and a good samaritaed rollp who watched all of this play out and actually gave them a ride home. >> he was unable to open the car or. that's why he grabbed them out
of the window. i was going to just go nearby by him. then i saw that it was okay that he grabbed the kids. >> reporter: yeah. >> so then he -- they were walking on the grass area. >> reporter: and you took them home. >> i took them home, yes. the kids were a little bit afraid and they were like oh, dad, what's going to happen the car? and what's going to happen to our backpack? >> reporter: and a good samaritan was nice gh to bring the dad back so he could get 2 little girls' back packs out of the stalled car. and as quickly as the water came up it receded here at the intersection and things got back to normal. t the dad's stalled out car remains here on the side of the road here at little falls ar ay. that is the latest from bhesda. news4. >> we are glad they are all at home okay and safe this weekend. this week we also saw countless images of people standing on top of their cars in rising flood
waters. we tracked down o of those drivers that we saw, news4 talked with him about a day he will remember for a long, long time. o >> reporter: expected to start their monday morning like this. >> the entire house is under > reporter: rain water surrounding homes and submerging cars, filling streets from virginia to maryland and d.c.a. father forced to carry his two daughters to safety after his car was partially sallowed by water. others on canal road in d.c. not as lucky. >> when you go into work y don't think you are going to end up on the roo of your car. but i did. >> reporter: this is william digs during a commut he says he will never forget. >> i see water dripping in my back seat. before i know it the water is up to my seat, i am crouching. and i think the only way i am getting out is through the sun roof. i squeeze out. >> reporter: look at the view from his soon roof. several feet of water almost covering the gear shift.th is what his car looks likes
ow. it isgutted. diggs says it is likely a total loss. >> insuranceight not covert all. >> reporter: insurance experts say this is a good time to make you are covered for unexpected events like this. the insurance information institute says quote flood caused damage to vehicles is tivered the come preens comprehensive por of a standard auto policy. comprehensive costs $150 annually. it is a cost-effective coverage. without it insurance companies say drivers will likely be left to foot the bill. meagan fitzgerald, news4. >> there is a good chance you are covered by your auto policy. nearly four out of fiveiv drs purchase that comprehensive coverage as part of their insurance package. rain like we have seen this week is more common. our temperature change is partly to blame for tha t as temperatures get warmer
the atmosphere can hold and release more moisture. that leads to heavier downpours across the country. pat lawson explains why that trend is only expected to get worse. >> reporter: rain is an essential part of the world's weather system. but a lot of rain in a short amount of time can overwhelm oorm drains leading t accidents on the road, damaging homes and infrastructure. a new sty in the journal water resources research shows heavy downpours are on the rise. it is a trend we have witnessed over the last three to five decades when global warming started to intensify. >> the earth goes through warming and cooling processes. what we are seeing right now is it is contributing to the amou of greenhouse gases we are putting in the atmosphere. like carbon dioxide and methane are going to attract the heat on earth rather than allowing it tt escape ou to space. that leads to warmer temperatures. >> reporter: it is not just here. it i happeningss ache
uncan. over the past few weeks water versus indoesn't dated homes and flooded field. mudslides in califoia led to damage to thousands of homes. a report shows heavy downpours increased by 74% in the northeast. but we are t just talking about more rain. the conditions are also more omsevere. frurricane florence's record-setting rain last summer in the carolinas to hurricane harvey, whh dumped more than 60 inches of rain on texas in 2017, the most ever recorded for a storm in the u.s. and meteorologists say the situation will likely get worse in our warming world. >> if you go back a few decades -- and you are still going to haveose heavy rainfall events but when you factor in our changes climate, the fact there is more water vapor, the water cycle is super charged, what that's leading to is basically our extremes are
getting more extreme. >> pat lawson news reporting there. our nation made history in 2018 with the wettest year ever in washington. it is an indication of our changing climate.n it does end there. search changing kplimt in our app. check it out and see how our warming worldan affect your amily, their health and even your commute. when we come back, a special honor for the founder of the smisia sos african-american history museum. and a story you will see only on 4. 4. two brothers both
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trying to make medications more affordable is important, cabut if washington isn't ful we might leave innovation behind. let's fix the system the right way. innovation is hope, and e last thing you want tolos. the man who designed the tional mall's latest museum has died. today we learned renowned chitect phil freeland passed away due to complications from als. ic designed the national museum of african-amer history and culture. he was diagnosed with als six months before the museum opened in 2016. he worked on other notable
projects including the national center for civil and human rights in atlanta. he was just 66 years old. this week, the d.c. counil honored lonnie bunch with a ceremonial resolution. bunch founded the smithsonian's national museum of african-american hiry and culture. he was also recently installed as the seth of the smithsonian institution. bunch is now the first a paraphernaliaican-american and the first historian to hold that position in the institution in its 175-year history. a bunch is also d.c. resident and talked about this honor with oumark segraves. >> in some ways this is so important because this is home. this is the place i care most about. it is the place that has shaped my career. it's the place that i go home to every night and say i am glad in d.c. this is abling honor. i am a little overwhelmed and overcome with emotion. >> bunch has only been in his new job a few weeks. we congratulate him here. when we comback, two young
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two local brothers wounded in separate shootings this year. they are not giving up hope, though. onef the boys has been left paralyzed. but both are trying to comprehend what happens. and their mothe helps to lift their spirits. the children spoke for the first time this week onlywith news4's meagan fitzgerald. >> oh, mygod. i saw him, too. >> reporter: there is nothing average about this boy and his 12-year-old brother anymore. he was once ake teenager li his friends with big eams. ♪ >> a famous rapper, popular rapper. >> reporter: on may 4th his life changed forever. >> i was standing on some steps
and i heard some shots. shot.porter: he was the bullet striking his spine. he spent weeks in the hospital hoping for a full recovery, but it was his mother, ebony, who told him the prognosis. ll >> she te me, you are going to be all right, but you are going to be paralyzed. i said i still living, right? she said yeah. i said that's all i want. >> reporter: he understood how precious life was because three months earlier on valytine's dais brother was shot steps away from their home in northeast. >> when ty shot, i was running. then i approached him. >> reporter: at 12 years old, he says he saved a girl's life while almost losing his own. now he'sc too ed to go outside. >> i am like you go inside. >> reporter: so he helps his brother to get around and do thh
thin can't do for himself, because their mother always taught them that family sticks togeiter. >> oh, is heart breaking that this is what we have got to go through. >> reporter: the trma and the wounds still linger, but their faith and love is still strong. he won't give up hope that he will beat the odds while his mother tries to accept that her family's life will never be the same. >> m first son that was shot. he's scared to go outside. yeah, we are raw. >> ebony hill'sons works young boys caught in a wave of violence that too often leaves innocent kids with permanent scars. meagan fitzgerald, ws4. >> you may have noticed that family cess home is not handicap accessible. we reached out to d.c. housing a hority, and they tell us that the mother there is now at the top of the waiting list to be placed in one. this week, d.c.'s oldest
hospital began its new life as an urgent care facility. this is wat the entrance to the old providence hospital looks like now. the full service hospital in t northeasd.c. shut down at the end of apref and a gap in emergency care for residents in the eastern half of the district. the hospital had faced serious financial problems in recent years. the urgent care center operates seven days a week. patients can get treatment for common ailments and broken bones. the center also offers radiology andeslab servic a fence is being built around the white house to keep intruders from jumping onto the grounds. construction crews around the white house started wo onthis 13-4 foot high fence this week. it is about double the size of the current one. the secret service says it will be wider with stronger pickettes. it will take a couple of years to complete the n$64 millio project. visitors will still be able to see the white house though during the construction. now are you getting the best
deals at your supermarket? you may be able to save money just bylehopping a litt further down the street. consumer reporter susan hogan is work forth you checking out which stores in our area currently have the lowest iices. >> reporter: foodone of the biggest expenses for our family. saving a few bucks each week can add up. we decided to visit local grocery stores to see which had the best prices. to walmart, target, giants, safeway, and wegman'sway scoured the stores checking prices on 12 popular items. >> 8.49. >>. >> reporter: while we found lenty of sales that could have saved us cash we decided to stick to the store's rular prices for fair comparisons and didn't include any discounts we would get with loyalty cards. some ofifhe biggestrences
we saw, a 12 pack of diet coke for $4.88 at walmart versus $7.49 at harris peter. and glad trash bags fo $ about at walmart versus $10.99 at safeway. our totals varied from $44.88 to $61.29. so who came out on top? walmart. follown'd by wegma, with a total of about $48. target came in just under $50. giant, about $54. and harris peter and safeway were just over $61. we also checked out whole foods. we didn't include them in our comparison since they only carry four of the 12 items we priced out. for what it's worth the prices on those its were in li with the other stores. and in some cases less. if you want to see how the prices for each item varied at each store, we have t breakdown on our nbc washington
app. all you have to do is search groceries. back to you. >> thank you susan. she also tested out curbside pickup and delivery services at a number of local supermarkets. the results of thosest t are also in the nbc washington app. check it out. see who made the mark, who performed well and how much each store charges for those services. when we come back, go carts with some lift.
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let's fix the system the right way. innovation is hope,d ane last thing you want to lose in life is hope. do you ever want to get ow outside and do something th tommy mcfly checked out the scene at this timullevel go kart track, funlands of fredericksburg. you have to see it to believe how cool this place is. >> all right guys. elcome. are you ready? >> reporter: just down 95 inre fricksburg there is a brand-new racing experience like nothing else in the region. >> i am leader of the pack. woo. >> we wanted to do somethingi
unque and special for the city of fredericksburg and something that would attract people from all over the plays. >> reporter: the go cart track is the only one of its nd. the course is just four hours from here. 30 feet in the the air, 1800 feet of t i have got to catch up.th >> ight how am i going to pass my brother without hitting him. then i waved right by him. how to draft a little bit. if they go high or low i go the opposite way they do. >> when we started building it people were like what are you building? a roller coaster. >> reporter: mid week and morning trips, you will be behind the wheel much more and have less time to smack talk with friends. >> i just meeththe heig requirement. >> reporter: how does being taller make you better at go cart racing. >> i don't know. i can reach the idals.
>> love the track. >> an.in and agai i want to go again. >> reporter: in fredericksburg, i am tommy mcfly, news4. >> guaranteed to be a hit. for more cool new places to see and things to do, head to the nbc 4 washington app and head to the scene. we have got it all for you there. that's all for "news4 this week" i am leon harris. we will leave you with video from the victory parade for the u.s. william's world cup champion soccer teat have a greaek ahead.
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