BREAKING: Flooding in Old Town as Potomac River nears high tide | ALXnow

Alexandria Toyota staff desperately piled sandbags in front of Chadwicks (203 Strand Street) as floodwaters began to swell and shut off several blocks of Old Town.

The National Weather Service issued an area flood warning for Alexandria, in addition to a coastal flood warning in place through Saturday.

Around 2:15 p.m., Strand Street and parts of Union Street were closed due to heavy flooding, with police and city staff warning drivers to turn back. The waters are expected to continue to rise until high tide around 3:30 p.m.

Potomac River water levels (photo via NOAA)

Around the waterfront, residents helped pile sandbags in front of businesses and watched the water level rise.

Several businesses and institutions closer to the waterfront, such as the Torpedo factory, were closed.

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