D.C. Water says it's making preparations to limit flooding and maintain the drinking water supply during Hurricane Irene, but says the public should still prepare for local flooding and water outages.
George Hawkins, General Manager of D.C. Water, says crews have been out all week clearing storm drains.
"There's still the potential for some flooding for a storm of this size because the pipes are only so big and sometimes they can fill, says Hawkins. "People should be careful and ready, but we have had crews out -- we'll be ready all weekend."
He says D.C.'s pumping stations have multiple power sources, and drinking water service should continue. Just in case, he recommends filling up jugs or two-liter bottles with tap water.
Residents can call 202-612-3400 to report drainage problems over the weekend.