Hurricane Sandy path: D.C. region prepares for super storm

(Photo: Jennifer Donelan)

Utility workers and government officials in the nation's capital are preparing for a possible "super storm" that could bring flooding and power outages.

In College Park, Pepco crews were out ahead of what may or may not be a power blow out when Hurricane Sandy makes her way northward.

Dwight Brooks lost power for five days after a storm this summer. Pepco's presence down the street was welcome.

"I am concerned about my children, my son is other street and my daughter is in another area,” Brooks says.

Pepco said it had already begun mutual aid calls with states in the mid-atlantic region ahead of Sandy's arrival. Four hundred outside contractors are already in the D.C./Maryland region trying to improve reliability.

Pepco said it secured those extra crews for the storm to add their personnel in case they're needed. And a host of workers were told they'll be on duty this weekend.

Christopher Geldart, director of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, says workers are cleaning out basins that collect stormwater, especially in neighborhoods that are prone to flooding.

Eric White of northwest was among the first wave of customers buying generators at home depot in the District. Other customers bought batteries.

On the coast, meanwhile, some residents expressed concern.

Carol Whitten, on Bethany Beach Thursday and long time Bethany visitor, is spending her first off season living here. To her talk of a perfect storm is perfectly upsetting.

“I love it the way it is,” Whitten says. “I hate to see it all disappear.”

She remembers these scenes from a hurricane turned Nor' Easter in November 2009. Back then, the remnants of Ida formed up with another disturbance and virtually wiped out the beach. There was widespread flooding from the bayside too as high winds pushed successive high tides inland.

It took more than two years to rebuild the beach and dune.
Now there is fear it'll happen again.

Ann McCabe was running her son's boardwalk toy store for the weekend.

“It does concern me because I haven't been down beachfront for any the storms here I’ve always been more inland more and I without doubt will be concerned for the store,” she says.

Wendy Efergan owns four apparel shops here.

For now though, she is hopeful that Sandy takes some beach and dune and leaves the buildings along like, she says, the storms always have.

“The storms just come and go,” she says. “Not once have we had any damage. Nothing no water no nothing. Hopefully this will be the same.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.