- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2003

Shopkeepers and homeowners along the swollen Potomac River were relieved yesterday when the expected second round of floodwaters did little more than trickle over the river banks.

But that did not stop the mix of curious joggers, bicyclists and tourists who assembled along the river in Georgetown to watch the brackish mix of water, debris and floating tree limbs.

Meteorologists predicted soon after Hurricane Isabel arrived Thursday that the trouble spots on the Potomac in the metropolitan region would be the Tidal Basin and Little Falls, north of the city.

They said the fast-moving storm had not dumped enough rain in the mountains of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia to cause widespread flooding yesterday.

In Georgetown, boards covered with plastic sheeting were set in front of the 3100 block of Water Street and Loews Theatres.

Sandbags stood sentinel near the entrance to a parking garage.

Yellow police tape kept onlookers away from the Washington Harbor waterfront eateries, where water from Isabel’s visit was still standing.

Nearby was the sign: “Warning, Combined Sewer Overflow Discharge Point. Pollution May Occur During Rainfall.”

As high tide approached at about 5:19 p.m. yesterday, the sidewalk along the Tidal Basin was flooded.

The water never reached the lowest steps of the Jefferson Memorial and did not come close to reaching the level it did Thursday.

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