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Free Sandbags Available as Residents Urged to Prepare for Incoming Hurricane

There’s a chance Hurricane Zeta won’t have much of an impact by the time it reaches Alexandria, but the city is nonetheless offering free sandbags to residents hoping to protect their homes.

Currently, the National Weather Service has predicted a 100% chance of rain on Thursday with potential to reach three inches of rainfall.

“The City will provide free sandbags to residents and businesses today, October 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 133 S. Quaker Lane,” the city said in a press release. “Sandbags will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of five per resident or business. Proof of residency or business in Alexandria is required. Please wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance from others when picking up, and review guidance for proper use of sandbags.”

The release noted that city crews are continuing to work to clear debris from streets and curb inlets ahead of the storm. Residents and businesses can assist by clearing leaves and debris near gutters and storm drains.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall this afternoon in Louisiana with an expected path cutting across the southeast towards D.C. While Alexandria isn’t expected to take the brunt of the storm, precautions are warranted after earlier storms this year led to significant flooding.

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