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Alexandria braces for flooding, apartments damaged

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 1:00pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An Alexandria apartment building had its roof torn open by strong winds from superstorm Sandy, and the city is bracing for possible flooding in Old Town.

Alexandria spokesman Tony Castrilli says about 20 people in a garden-style apartment building on Kenmore Avenue were evacuated when the roof was damaged by the wind. The building was condemned, and residents all found places to stay.

Alexandria officials plan to distribute sandbags on Tuesday at Market Square in front of City Hall. The distribution runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Castrilli says the sandbags are primarily for business owners along the riverfront.

Many homes in Alexandria have tree damage. About 11,000 Alexandria residents are without power.

But Castrilli says the city's infrastructure and historic sites were in good condition after the storm.

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