Grazed by Sandy, D.C. returns to normal
WASHINGTON — Government workers packed onto commuter trains and tourists flocked to the National Mall on Wednesday in the nation's capital, where there were few signs of the dangerous hybrid storm that blew through 36 hours before.
The Potomac River was swollen and muddy after receiving 7 inches of rain from Sandy, but Washington was largely spared the damage seen by other East coast cities.
“We got lucky. The storm went north. Though we did get a lot of rain, and we did get a lot of wind, we didn't get the brunt, clearly, like New Jersey and New York did,” said Christopher Geldart, the city's emergency management director. “Everything we could possibly do ahead of time to prep for this, we did.”
Even Pepco, the much-maligned local utility, was praised by officials for getting the lights back on quickly. More than 130,000 Pepco customers in the District of Columbia and its Maryland suburbs lost power at some point during the storm, but by Wednesday afternoon, fewer than 1,000 customers remained in the dark.
In June, a violent thunderstorm called a derecho left many Washington-area residents in the dark for a week, and Pepco was roundly criticized. But the slow-moving hurricane allowed the utility to start preparing a week in advance, Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said.
“Overall, preparedness was really high for this,” he said.
On the National Mall, the only signs of the storm were puddles and downed branches.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.