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Flooding Continues As Alexandria Prepares For Hurricane Florence - Source Patch

Posted on Sep 12,2018
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By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Flooding in low-lying areas near the Potomac River has been imminent in Alexandria early this week, and the community is preparing for the additional threat of Hurricane Florence in the late week.

Already swelling bodies of water and saturated ground set the stage for additional flooding during Florence. Residents are urged to "turn around, don't drown" when encountering flooded roads. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, and one foot can float a small car. 18 to 24 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles.

Floodwaters surged into Old Town Sunday night, reportedly leaving King Street under several feet of water near the waterfront. The Alexandria Fire Department tweeted out photos of crews making swiftwater rescues in the flooded areas.

Floodwaters receded and returned Monday and Tuesday mornings. Alexandria remains under a coastal flood warning through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. A coastal flood warning means that flooding is happening or coming.

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