WASHINGTON — As much of the area tries to recover from inundations caused by heavy rain, the Potomac River has flooded parts of the Georgetown Waterfront Tuesday, and flooding conditions are expected to continue into later in the week.
The Potomac River reached above flooding stage Tuesday morning, cresting at around 7 a.m. Storm Team 4 meteorologist Chuck Bell said it’s the highest level in more than 10 years.
A roaring Potomac river is carrying 4.5 BILLION gallons of water per hour down the falls! Don’t have an hour to watch it… it’s still over 76,000,000 gallons per minute or 1,275,000 per second! Highest level in 10+ years thanks to over 10 inches of rain since May 12th. https://t.co/CtgXTaL31Y
— Chuck Bell (@ChuckBell4) June 5, 2018
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) June 5, 2018
Along the waterfront Tuesday morning, red tape blocks off sidewalks and stairways that are underwater.
— Melissa Howell (@Mhowell003) June 5, 2018
A coastal flood warning is in effect in Georgetown until Wednesday morning.
Flooding is expected to continue until Wednesday and a coastal flood warning continues to be in effect until then, when the river is expected to settle below flood stage.
The National Weather Service said flooding is also expected at the Wharf, portions of East Potomac Park and at the Washington Harbor. Minor flooding is also expected in Old Town Alexandria Tuesday during high tide, where a coastal flood advisory is in effect.