- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new levee could be tested if Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’) hits the nation’s capital.

WTOP Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1j3w6ZV) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the levee last year.

The removable structure consists of aluminum panels and steel posts set between two permanent flood walls on each side of 17th Street. It was built to hold back tidal surge flooding as well as freshwater river flooding.

The National Park Service, which operates the structure, says it’s ready to erect the levee if a storm surge appears imminent.

Meanwhile, forecasters say the storm has strengthened into a Category 4 as it roars its way to the U.S. from the Bahamas.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches for the District and surrounding areas from Friday morning through late Saturday.

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Information from: WTOP-FM, http://www.wtop.com

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