One year ago Wednesday is a day that some Georgetown businesses would rather forget, but never will. It was the day a flood wall wasn't put up at the Washington Harbour, letting water flood the entire area.
The high-end plaza on the banks of the swollen Potomac quickly filled with 10 to 12 feet of water, shutting down nearly a half dozen restaurants.
The rebuilding process is finally in full swing though at two of the Harbour's main restaurants, including Tony and Joe's and Nick's Riverside Grille.
"The idea is if we hit the ground running and we're open in time for the summer, we'll minimize the overall losses as much as possible," Dean Cibel from Tony and Joe's said.
A long and costly year of waiting to get back in business should soon end - both hope to reopen in time for the extended Memorial Day weekend as part of a $20 million renovation being done to the plaza.
With summer around the corner, people are eager to see the popular waterfront destination vibrant again.
"Hopefully once the weather breaks and they've completed this revitalization, people will come back out again," Accokeek resident Pam Moore said.