- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service is closing turf fields and canceling events around the Washington area as the region prepares for heavy rainfall and the possible arrival of Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’).

The park service says people wondering about specific events on Friday or over the weekend should reach out to organizers. Many events have already been canceled.

Meanwhile, park rangers and U.S. Park Police are clearing storm drains, setting up flood barriers and doing other prep work for major rainfall. Some fountains on parkland are being turned off.

The storm could provide the first test for a new levee that’s meant to protect downtown Washington from a flooded Tidal Basin. The levee is on 17th Street on the National Mall.

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