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Monday, April 18, 2011 1:52 p.m.

Potomac river floods Georgetown’s Washington Harbour

A wall meant to protect Washington Harbour from high water is now up but it wasn't in place Monday to prevent flooding in the Georgetown area. Jordan Emont| Contributing photo editor

Businesses along the Georgetown waterfront were evacuated Monday when high water from the Potomac flooded the popular harbor area.

D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to flooding reports just before 8 a.m., with high tides hitting the area around 8:30 a.m.

The flood wall that is normally raised with flood warnings was never erected, Piringer said.

“For whatever reason the wall was not up,” Piringer said.

No injuries have been reported, he added. Gas and electricity at the site are under control, and by noon the floodgate was raised.

Piringer said a coastal flood warning is in effect, and another high tide is expected at 9:30 p.m.

Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place, one restaurant on the waterfront, took in a “considerable amount of water,” Piringer said. Other restaurants like Farmers & Fishers, Nick’s Riverside Grille, Cabanas and Sequoia are closed as the situation is assessed.

A parking garage also flooded, Piringer said, and cars had to be towed out.

Piringer said the large amount of rain and wind Saturday caused the Potomac to flood.

Other locations in the District flooded over the weekend, including parts of the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and Hains Point.

DCist has additional photos of the damage.

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