Mud dries on the hood of a car parked on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Va., on Sept. 9, 2011, after heavy rains pounded the region the previous night. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Mud dries on the hood of a car parked on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Va., on Sept. 9, 2011, after heavy rains pounded the region the previous night. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)