Alexandria Braces For Post-Sandy Flooding

10:53 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Not again. That's what some people who live and work in Old Town, Alexandria are saying as the town is bracing for flooding Tuesday. Even before high tide hit at 9:37 p.m. Tuesday, water was rising and flooding the intersection of King and N. Union Streets.

Volunteers handed out free sandbags in front of City Hall from 4-6 p.m.. Volunteer Shawn Hart says not everyone took them up on their offer, but the precaution is important to take. "I would say they are, I mean, take the chance, put the sandbags up, not lose your property, " he said.

King Street, overlooking the Potomac, is no stranger to looking like Venice. Many were hoping post-Sandy high tides won't be as punishing as Isabelle was. We saw many people stand in the water, posing for photo-pops, ride bicycles through it, and drive their cars, SUVs and even firetrucks through it.

Allison Ladd, and Ibn Spicer from SW DC, came to the Anchor Bar on King Street to have a drink, and check out the sights. Another woman, who would not give her name, was carrying full-body plastic bags to wear as she prepared to watch the high tide. When asked why, she said simply, "Curiosity."

High tide is expected again at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday.