Gates Up: Potomac River Crests


After a week of rain, it is no surprise that the Potomac River peaked at its flood stage for Georgetown at Wisconsin Avenue.

Saturday, May 19, saw the river hit 7.56 feet along the Georgetown shore. On the following Monday, the river was easing back at 6.56 feet and will continue to withdraw to more normal stream conditions by the end of the week.

At Washington Harbour, the boardwalk remains closed and the all-important flood gates are staying up for now. When the property manager did not heed the advice of upriver gauge watchers in 2011 and left the gates down, the complex was flooded, closing businesses and causing millions of dollars in damage.

The Potomac River hit flood stage and closed the Georgetown waterfront at Washington Harbour. Photo by Peggy Sands.

The Potomac River hit flood stage and closed the Georgetown waterfront at Washington Harbour. Photo by Peggy Sands.

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