Old Town Alexandria often sees the worst flooding during and after major storms.
Charlie Lindsey owns an ice cream shop known as The Creamery, located just a block and a half from the Potomac River.
He spent much of Friday collecting city-supplied sandbags in case Hurricane Irene pushes the river past its banks.
"I need about 15 more than I have," Lindsay says. "I have about 60."
Flooding from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 forced The Creamery to close for 8 weeks.
"Last time it came up about 3 feet into my establishment," he says. "If it goes more than that, I'll have a problem."
For the moment, Lindsay doesn't think Irene will be as bad, but he's keeping a close eye on the storm surge forecasts for Sunday afternoon, after the worst of the winds have passed through.