Update - Friday, Aug. 26 - 6 P.M.:

The District Department of Public Works ran out of sandbags at 5 p.m., reports Nikita Stewart. The agency handed out 7,000 bags in five hours, and announced another 2,700 bags would be given out on a “first-come, first-served basis” on Saturday. Some good news for people caught up in the heavy congestion around New Jersey Avenue and K Street in Southeast Washington today: Pickup will resume at RFK Stadium, Lot 7, at 8 a.m.

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The District Department of Public Works and the city of Alexandria will distribute free sandbags to their residents as Hurricane Irene advances toward the area.

The sandbags in the District, weighing between 40 and 50 pounds, will be distributed at the DPW site at New Jersey Avenue and K Street in Southeast Washington. There is a limit of five per household.

The giveaway will begin Friday at noon through midnight and resume Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Residents will need to load the sandbags, officials said.

In Alexandria, officials planned to load trailer trucks with sandbags at three locations for a distribution beginning Friday at 11 a.m.:

• The intersection of King and Lee streets in Old Town.

• George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.

• Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology, 3600 Commonwealth Ave.

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