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Alexandria flooding concerns with washout Wednesday

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Heavy rain making its way through the Washington area has resulted in a flood watch for the D.C. region, starting at six o'clock Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday night.

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Old Town Alexandria has already experienced higher water levels during high tide.

Residents of Washington's Bloomingdale neighborhood are also no stranger to rain-induced flooding of streets and basements. D.C. water crews are already stationed there, monitoring sewers to make sure they don't overflow.

District resident Colleen Clark works in Alexandria. She said, “It always gets so flooded down here. It's pretty bad.”

This time of year, King Street is normally crowded with tourists. But this week, the road is – once again – an extension of the river.

Anh Luu has worked at The Creamery on King Street for nearly 20 years. She's seen Old Town flood countless times.

On a good day, she said the ice cream shop serves a couple hundred customers. “So today might be 20 [customers] during the day,” Luu said.

Over the next 24 hours, expect local weather conditions more like Washington State than Washington, D.C. In fact, forecasters say some areas could get between three and five inches of rain.

This is the same storm system that produced deadly tornadoes in Arkansas and Mississippi this week.

In Washington, thunderstorms and damaging winds are possible. Flooding is expected across the region.

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