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Notes: Alexandrians express frustration at continued flooding issues after thunderstorm

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Showers are likely today with another thunderstorm possible after 2 p.m. There’s a 60% chance of precipitation, so bring an umbrella. Tomorrow, at least, should be a sunny day.

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Flooding on Commonwealth Avenue (photo via DrainALX/Twitter)

Katie Waynick, the author of the popular DrainALX account, chronicled an all too familiar experience for Alexandrians during last night’s flooding.

“Another day spent sheltering in the basement from a tornado warning to wonder if I’ll have to run my baby back upstairs due to flooding,” Waynick wrote. “This shit is old.”

Waynick wasn’t alone. Alexandrians took to social media yesterday to express frustrations that, after years of stormwater investment, areas of the city were still completely submerged when a thunderstorm rolls through town.

Even Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson chimed in to say there’s a sense of deja vu to reports of downed trees and flooded intersections.

While there was some enthusiasm that, in some places, stormwater improvements seemed to help, Wilson pointed out that the scale of the storm last night was significantly different than some of the intense flooding from years before. Yesterday’s rain was not a stress test for the city’s stormwater improvements.

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