National Mall largely unaffected by Sandy

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The National Park Service says its low-lying monuments and memorials along the National Mall came through superstorm Sandy largely unscathed.

Spokeswoman Carol Johnson says there’s a slight possibility that the World War II Memorial could have some minor flooding, but it’s designed to withstand it and would not be damaged.

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The Potomac River has been forecast to crest at around 9 feet early Thursday morning in Georgetown. Johnson says the Mall’s flood-protection system can protect it from crests of 17 feet or higher.

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Johnson says there was some minor flooding on Hains Point, the tip of a manmade island that includes a park and a golf course. The park was closed Tuesday.

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