Effects of the storm linger in Georgetown

A worker uses a power washer to clear the thick layers of mud and silt off the walkway of the Washington Harbor after flooding. (WTOP/John Aaron)
A worker tosses a tree limb back into the Potomac River after it was thrust onto the Washington Harbor walkway by flood waters. (WTOP/John Aaron)
The scene is much different on the other side of the flood wall, where patio furniture sits dry and undisturbed by the storm. (WTOP/John Aaron)
A worker blasts water to remove thick mud and silt built up along the Washington Harbor walkway after superstorm Sandy. (WTOP/John Aaron)

WASHINGTON – Along the Georgetown waterfront, workers are peeling up the thick mud and tree limbs covering the walkway with a power washer and snow shovel.

The Potomac River continues to swell days after Sandy hit Washington. While the river levels have receded enough for crews to begin to remove debris, much of the flood water has not drained.

However, the businesses that line the Washington Harbor are in much better shape than during the last major flood event in April 2011, before the flood gates were installed.

Now the 10-foot retractable walls protect restaurants like Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place.

“Everything is dry. The walls here, once they’re up we’re completely protected from both wind and water,” says David Stein who is the executive chef at Tony and Joe’s.

He sees the D.C. area as fortunate when it comes to the path of the storm, saying the damage here is minor compared to what New York and New Jersey have seen.

“I think we all got lucky,” he says.

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