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Potomac Level Expected To Top April Flood's

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Water from the river is already washing up over the banks at Thompson's Boat Center, in the foreground, and  at Washington Harbour (in the background.)
Thompson's Boat Center
Water from the river is already washing up over the banks at Thompson's Boat Center, in the foreground, and at Washington Harbour (in the background.)

Flooding has already started to affect areas along the Potomac, although this time, Washington Harbour is prepared. The flood gates were erected earlier this week to prevent the kind of flooding that inundated the commercial complex last month.

As a result of the high waters, the Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown pulled in all its boats and part of its floating dock structure; they closed today and will likely be closed again tomorrow.

The folks at the boat center are getting tired of hauling all the boats and the ramps in and out of the water -- it's the fifth time they've had to do it this season, according to Thompson's employee Julius Davin.

It's not unheard of, but this many flooding incidents in one year is unusual, according to Davin. Last year, they didn't have to do it at all, he says. The year before, they closed just once. "Five times is a lot," he says.

Water is already washing up over the launch ramp, which dates back 50 years. The river is currently at just above 8 feet.

"The river is fed by such a large basin, all the way up through West Virginia, and Western Maryland," Davin says. "When we got a lot of rain over that wide area, combined with the full moon, and high tide, it's just a confluence of factors."

Thompson's is hoping to be open again by Saturday.

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