30 Oct 2012

The Day After Sandy…

Photo courtesy Flickr user theupper.

How did everyone do last night?

From the looks of it Capitol Hill fared pretty well in comparison to some of our neighbors to the north, but there’s still plenty of clean-up work from the debris and water damage leftover by Sandy.

Here’s a report from Metropolitan Police Department’s Commander Daniel Hickson, summing up last night’s damage:

“[MPD 1st District] stayed in touch throughout the night and we have not experienced very many major events concerning the storms. In the last few hours, I have driven all over 1D and it appears we have made it through with minor damage only. A few things to report:

– The only intersection in 1D with lights out is 8th & Pennsylvania Ave SE. We have that intersection staffed by 1D personnel.

– There are approximately 12 locations where trees have fallen on unoccupied parked cars, but I am not aware of any structure damage.

– The following roadways are blocked or partially blocked due to trees down: 1300 block of Emerald NE, 800 block Independence SE (1 lane blocked), 300 block Independence Ave SW (2 east-bound lanes blocked), 700 block A St SE, 1200 block 6th St SW.

I have spoken to a couple folks living on boats in Southwest and no major problems at the moment, they are monitoring the high tide which should occur in the late morning to mid-day.

I took a quick drive-by the Potomac River earlier this morning, and it looked daunting. The river is at capacity and filled with tree limbs and logs floating downstream. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Potomac until Friday morning. Predictions have the river at flood stages not seen since 1996.

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