The Washington Times - August 26, 2011, 07:08PM

A Metropolitan Police Officer helps control traffic along 2nd Street in Southeast as a long line of cars waits to pick up sandbags from the Department of Public Works in the District, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. Each D.C. resident is entitled to five sandbags. The woman in the Mercedes next to the officer said she arrived at 11:15 a.m. for the sandbag distribution, which began at noon, and by 1:15 she was still not even at the ramp to the DPW building. The Department of Public Works says they have 75,000 bags today and more coming tomorrow. They’ll be distributing sandbags until midnight Friday and will start again at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Warnique West, a sanitation foreman with the Department of Public Works, checks a resident’s ID before letting him into the Deaprtment of Public Works Building in Southeast on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 to pick up sandbags. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Alonzo McKelvin, an employee with the Department of Public Works, tosses sandbags into a pile so that they will be ready to go into residents’ cars at the Department of Public Works in Southeast Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Eddie Sanders III, right, a sanitation supervisor with the Depatment of Public Works, wipes his brow after spending a couple of hours loading sandbags into District resdients’ cars at the Department of Public Works in Southeast Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Jerry Stanback, left, a general foreman with the Department of Public Works, and Cameron Washington, a motor vehicle operator, load sandbags in. District residents waited in long lines at the Department of Public Works in Southeast Washington, D.C., on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 to pick up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irene. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)