Not taking any chances, Georgetown waterfront raises floodgates

Floodgates are up in Georgetown, even though the Potomac is not expected to flood, residents still want to take precautions. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
In 2011, flooding devastated several business and bars in the area. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
The flood gates go up in Georgetown. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

WASHINGTON — The endless rain brings the constant threat of flooding and this time, Georgetown isn’t waiting — the floodgates along the waterfront are already up as of Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for the District that is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday.

While major flooding is not expected, the weather service said there could be minor flooding with the possibility of moderate flooding near high tide.

Georgetown isn’t taking any chances after similar events led to flooding in 2011.

On April 18, 2011, the weather service issued a similar coastal flooding warning, but the floodgates along the Washington Harbour at Georgetown didn’t go up until it was too late.

The so called “Great Georgetown Flooding of 2011” caused catastrophic damage on the Georgetown waterfront complex.

The deluge left bars, restaurants and other businesses underwater including the lower levels of the parking garage and caused millions of dollars in damages and lost revenue.

It took more than a year for some of the businesses to reopen.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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