Old Town Alexandria Prepares For Possible Flooding

11:16 PM, Mar 12, 2010   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Wind and rain left the Old Town Alexandria waterfront all but abandoned. Normally bustling King Street was quiet, especially for a Friday night. Sandbags dot the landscape, in preparation for what may be a rough week ahead.

"It doesn't have to be the storm of the century. It can be a heavy rain and the water comes up King street," says Alexandria resident Deb Rankin. "I'm glad to see Alexandria is getting prepared, we have some many beautiful old buildings here and we need to protect them."

Alexandria has been through this before. In 2003, when Hurricane Isabel rolled into town, the high water mark was historic. Scenes like this belied the severity of the damage she left behind.

"We're all concerned about climate change and sea levels. As they go up, the incidence of flooding increases, " says former Alexandria resident Reed Bohne.

Todd and Tammy Miliner have weathered plenty of storms together. On their 23rd wedding anniversary, rain and the threat of flooding was not going to prevent their celebration.

"We just need to prepare for it and work around it. You know, mother nature!" laughed Todd Miliner.

Added his wife, Tammy, "23rd anniversary. It wasn't going to keep us in!"

While Alexandria braces for what's still to come, other jurisdictions are keeping a wary eye on rising waters, including the Potomac.

Park officials have already declared a flood emergency at the C & O Canal. Heavy rainfall and snow melt is expected to cause major flooding along the canal. Rising waters on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers have already closed parts of Harpers Ferry.

Written by Andrea McCarren
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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