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Alexandria endures only 'nuisance flooding'

Sunday - 8/28/2011, 10:45am  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Old Town Alexandria has escaped significant flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

City spokesman Tony Castrilli says Alexandria is dealing only with "nuisance flooding," with little damage to homes or businesses in Old Town. He says the wind direction prevented a major storm surge from the Potomac River like the 9-foot surge that occurred during Tropical Storm Isabel in 2003.

Castrilli says there were no deaths or serious injuries in the city of 150,000 and there are no reports of significant damage to buildings. He says 10 people were displaced when a tree fell on an apartment building, but no one was hurt.

Alexandria remains under a state of emergency. Castrilli says the emergency operations center will be open throughout the day.


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