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Alexandria to take steps to stop Old Town flooding

Monday - 5/16/2011, 10:04am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - While it won't help with Monday's coastal flood advisory, plans are in the works to make businesses and homes in Old Town Alexandria less prone to flooding.

The coastal flood advisory is in effect for the tidal Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay until 10 a.m. For the forecast, click here.

Even minor storms can cause flooding, which is an expensive nuisance for the city and residents.

While city officials can't lower the Potomac River shoreline, they have discussed a plan to raise by as much as 6 feet the topography of some shoreline parks. Doing so would provide flood-proofing for some buildings with built-in flood walls. It will raise the level of some streets and put floodgates at the bottom of other streets.

During a Saturday public meeting on the overall waterfront improvement plan, Mayor Bill Euille called protection against more flooding a high priority.

"It's not going to wait until something starts to happen, but the fact that it will happen, the funding will be in place," he says.

The City Council hopes to have more details on flood control by October.

There is no cost estimate on the flood control project by itself.

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