Potomac Flooding Prompts Rescues, Business Closures

April 19, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — A coastal flood warning for the Washington area remained in effect through noon Tuesday after the Potomac River overflowed, drowning Georgetown businesses and putting several lives in peril.  Emergency personnel evacuated the Washington Harbour on Monday morning as water overtook the terrace level when the property owner failed to erect the flood wall designed to keep the area safe, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said.  Meanwhile, dozens of people were rescued from the rising water — including a Boy Scout troop — as the Potomac rose to five feet above flood stage.  Carrie Larsen, a metereologist with the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington office, expected a high tide for Tuesday morning of 9:45 a.m. She urged commuters to leave early for work and to steer clear of the water.

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