Potomac, Susquehanna swell after days of rain

The Potomac, seen here in a file photo, was expected to rise higher than it did last month, when it flooded parts of Georgetown.

Concerns about flooding spread from Georgetown to the suburbs Thursday. Alexandria and Georgetown are bracing for flooding. Water rushing down the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers also has residents to the North and West on alert.

The Potomac is expected to rise higher than it did a month ago when it flooded Washington Harbor. The river is swollen from days of heavy rain and it is carrying logs and debris.

“At it's highest point it will be nine feet, the last time it was 8.97,” said Ray Kukulsky, a Georgetown resident.

Floodgates at Washington Harbor had been put up, unlike last month, when they were left down and the harbor area was flooded. Locals came to witness yet another flood a month after the Potomac rushed through this complex, damaging bars, restaurants and businesses. Some have yet to reopen.

The complex is running on generators because of damage to the electrical system during the last flood.

Up river at Harper's Ferry someone on shore saw a kayaker struggling in the furious water. At one point the raging current seemed to have sucked the man under. After a frantic search, the kayaker turned up safely a few miles down river.

The National Park Service reported flooding all along the Potomac upriver from D.C. Tow paths are closed near White Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County and Harpers Ferry in Frederick County. Campers are warned to avoid National Park campsites in low-lying areas.

Once the waters recede, those who work here will have another big job.

“It’s not like picking up normal garbage from a storm, this stuff, once it dries it sits like concrete,” said Mark Dembinsky of Alexandria.