PORTSMOUTH -- The City of Portsmouth issued an alert Sunday night for high tides, warning residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas of the potential impacts.

A report urged residents to take precautions to protect family members and property, and reminded them that the city opened an emergency shelter at Lakeview Elementary School at 1300 Horne Ave.

All Portsmouth City offices, including museums, libraries, recreation centers, and the Visitor Center will be closed Monday. There will be no trash or bulk collection on Monday with collections rescheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.

People in Portsmouth were getting ready for the rain and wind Sandy's supposed to bring to Hampton Roads.

On Sunday along the waterfront, there was no major flooding but water in the Elizabeth River was rising.

Sand bags were placed around the Portsmouth Naval Museum to help keep the water out.

Bymid-afternoon, many downtown area streets were flooded, the city reported. They included Crawford at Washington Street; 800 and 900 blocks of Duke Street; 800 block of Scott Street; Stratford Street at Avondale Road; Stratford Street at Taft Drive; George Washington Highway at Chestnut Street and George Washington Highway at Frederick Boulevard.

Portsmouth Public Schools will be closed Monday because of the bad weather.

One boater from Detroit,docked at the marina, said he's used to storms on the Great Lakes, but says they usually come and go quickly, unlike what's happening with Sandy.

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