Georgetown braces for possible floods; preps hurt waterfront business

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Georgetown Waterfront is not taking any chances this time after the great flood of 2011 devastated restaurants in the area.
Saturday, flood walls were erected along the Washington Harbour to prevent flooding due to heavy rains and high tide.

While managers have said that they are grateful for the precautionary measure, some have said that the presence of the flood walls has impacted their bottom line.
“After the last time, they do a great job. Any time inclement weather is coming our way, of getting the walls up and protecting the heart of the harbor.”, said J.D. Moore, a manager at Sequoia.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood advisory in place until 6am Tuesday, warning of tides rolling in up to two inches above normal.

I spoke with Marie Golden, the manager of Nick’s, which was heavily impacted by the great flood of 2011.
She said while the flood walls are a good thing over all, their presence has hurt business over what was supposed to have been a busy graduation weekend.

“People don’t want to come down and not have a view so you know, they find out the walls are up and a lot of reservations got canceled over the weekend.”, said Golden.

Rachel Brocker just graduated from the University of Maryland and came to the Georgetown Waterfront to celebrate with her family, including her 80-year-old grandmother who is visiting from Germany.
She said the flood walls put a damper on their plans to sit out by the water and made getting around the area difficult.
“We come here for all of our family’s graduations. It’s kind of like a tradition and we love being able to look out on the Potomac because we kind of grew up around this area and we were kind of sad that we didn’t have that opportunity today to experience that view because unfortunately the flood gates were up.”, said Brocker.

She and her family opted for Sequoia so they could still take in the view.

While Moore said his restaurant gets a lot of overflow traffic due to the walls being up, he said their presence beats the alternative.

“It just feels good to know that even if the river does crest, we have a plan in place to make sure that we stay healthy and in business.”, said Moore.