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Alexandria Dodges Flood

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Heavy rains throughout the night and morning sent the Potomac River splashing over it's banks in Old Town Alexandria.

Where King Street meets the river, a barricade floated in the flooded block. A women who had left her car here, walked barefoot through the six inches to get to it and move it.

The city made sand bags available for the taking... while most of them just sat untouched on a flat bed truck, a few takers came to get their share.

High tide at 1:16 the rain stopped and the wind picked up. It whistled through the stays on the bare sail boat masts at Belle Haven Marina, which was empty except for Jim Griffin who came to secure his boat.

The strong current drove a huge log straight toward another boat... and the water smothered a few piers. Park Rangers stood by watching the river. They had sandbags ready to protect the comfort station, aka bathrooms.

Hard Hit Neighborhood Keeps Eye On Tropical Storm

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- There's still time to get your home ready for the worst of the rain that's headed our way.
People across the region have been clearing drains and checking their gutters. In the Belle View neighborhood south of Alexandria, they have way too much experience with flooding.

Tropical Storm Nicole is no Hurricane Isabel, but when people in this neighborhood hear the words "tropical storm tracking west of DC," they remember how Isabel's winds pushed the Potomac up over the GW Parkway, flooding dozens of homes in an area that's so low it's a bit like a bathtub.

There was six feet of water in the Shell gas station service bay.
And a bunch of  houses were so badly damaged they had to be torn down. 

Alexandria Prepares For Flooding

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for the entire metro and other counties around the region on Thursday until 4:30PM. Heavy rain and thunderstorms continue along with likely flooding. Some thunderstorms could be severe with possible weak tornadoes. Here's a few photos from Alexandria on Thursday.

Police Seeking Help In Finding Missing Woman

ALEXANDRIA, Va (WUSA)-- Alexandria Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 20-year-old mentally challenged woman who left her home in the North Ridge neighborhood around noon Tuesday and has not been seen since.

Lauren Tatiana Taylor is described as 5'6", 135 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue, white and green plaid shirt, with rolled up blue jeans and white sneakers. She was riding a green and silver mountain bike. Police say Taylor has the mental capacity of a 10 year old.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lauren Tatiana Taylor is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703.838.4858.

Pink Streaks in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: October 1-31

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

So Lofty Salon & Wellness Center in Vienna is offering


for just $10 each. No appointment necessary.

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2010 Business Awards

This was sent to us by Charles Boyd Norwood of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce:

Join the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as we roll out the red carpet on October 8th for the Chamber's equivalent of the Oscars, the Business Awards Dinner!  This year's Business Leader Award Winner is Miss Charlotte Hall of the Potomac Riverboat Company.  In addition to recognizing Charlotte's business accomplishments, we will be unveiling award-winning businesses.

The event will be held Friday, October 8. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA.

GQ Names the 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America

Two local cocktail bars were recently ranked in GQ's list of best cocktail bars in America. Bottoms up!

This was sent to us by GQ: