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“It was a series of booms,” said Mr. Roach, a six-year resident of the neighborhood who lives across from Mr. Pascoe and whose lawn was the final resting place of the tree. “It was a total house-shaking boom.”

The men appeared resigned to a week without power. Mr. Roach already had become tired of the storm before it had passed all the way through the area.

“Watching the treetops bend was very frightening,” Mr. Roach said. “There would be bursts. You could hear [the wind] coming, knew it was going to last five, ten seconds, and then it would die down.”

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said the city received 236 calls reporting tree-related incidents, of which 187 were about downed trees.

Mr. Gray, a Democrat, said recovery is moving briskly and gave much of the credit to Pepco, which has been maligned often in the past for slow response to storms but has been praised along with other local power companies for planning ahead of Sandy and acting quickly.

“I don’t know what they could have done better, to tell you the truth,” said Mr. Gray, who praised the company for learning from its “disappointments of the past.”

In Alexandria, officials awoke Tuesday to reports of about 60 downed trees but no serious injuries or accidents and said they were concerned about future flooding as rainwater runoff continues to flow into the Potomac River.

The city distributed sandbags for residents to use over the coming days.

“We’re preparing for the worst, but we’re not expecting it to be problematic,” said city communications director Tony Castrilli.

Despite concern for Hurricane Isabel-level flooding, the Potomac along Old Town Alexandria had crept just several feet above its embankment by Tuesday morning, requiring only one intersection near the shore to be blocked off by police.

As she watched her dog Sophie frolic in the rain puddles, 51-year-old resident Susan Askew said following the newscasts was more like “watching a movie” because what was showing on the television in New York and New Jersey was not what she saw outside her window.

“It was amazing,” she said. “We kept listening, and I stayed up waiting for the wind to get bad.”

Ms. Askew said she lives in the Harborside community, a riverside neighborhood of town homes where many residents had sealed their garage doors with plastic tarps and sandbags.

She said while the storm was over, she was worried about forecasts for high water levels and planned to patch up her garage door.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, said he plans for state emergency crews to work in the state while dispatching some personnel to New York and New Jersey, which were hit much harder by the storm.

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