Sunday, September 21, 2003 : Washington Rebounds From Hurricane Isabel: "As work crews cleaned up the mess Hurricane Isabel left in the nation's capital, the National Mall became a refuge Saturday for some of the hundreds of thousands in the region whose home still lacked electric power."


"Cindy Goad and her husband, Chris, who lost electricity at their home in Richmond, Va., about 100 miles south of Washington, decided to pack their bags, head to a hotel in D.C. and tour the city's landmarks with their sons. 'It's either eat cold food and peanut butter sandwiches, and look at each other and listen to a radio until the batteries run out, or go someplace,' Chris Goad said.

"The Washington Monument, which reopened Saturday after being shuttered because of Isabel, was teeming with tourists waiting to ride to the top of the 555-foot-tall obelisk. National Park Service crews were up at dawn replacing the 50 U.S. flags surrounding the monument. A crewman in a white cherry picker replaced the flags, left tattered and torn by the worst storm to hit the region in years."


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