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Top 5 Stories: Power Outage, Flooding and a New Alderman

Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.

No. 1—
Annapolis residents woke up Friday to nearly four feet of flood waters on City Dock. Harbormaster Flip Walters said, "The flooding is not caused by rain storms. It's caused by southern or south-eastern winds down at the end of the bay that prevents the bay from draining." The high tide closed streets around City Dock and one side of the Eastport Bridge.

No. 2—VIDEO: Massive Power Outages Near Annapolis
More than 68,000 homes and businesses throughout Anne Arundel County lost power Thursday night after a downed high-voltage transmission line near Bestgate Road shut down several Baltimore Gas and Electric substations. Residents posted photos and videos of the strange lights in the sky on social media Thursday night along with theories about their origin.

No. 3—Another Business Closes in Downtown Annapolis
Madison Boutique is the third downtown Annapolis store in three weeks to announce its plans to close for good. The Main Street store joins Steven's Hardware, which closes on Christmas Eve , and Shades Unlimited, which closes on Dec. 31. Madison Boutique will be open until the end of January.

No. 4—Jared Littmann To Replace Silverman on City Council
Jared Littmann, the owner of K&B True Value hardware store, is the next alderman for Ward 5 thanks to a 5-2 vote by the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee on Monday night. Littmann beat out former state senator John Giannetti, Arnold Smith and Tracy McGranaghan for the job.

No. 5—Council Approves $35 Million for New Water Treatment Plant
The way Annapolis gets its drinking water will change in 2014 thanks to a 5-2 vote by City Council to approve up to $35 million for a new water treatment plant. The bill amended the city's capital improvement program—giving city officials permission to issue bonds and take out loans to pay for the new plant. The Department of Public works anticipates breaking ground in the spring of 2013.

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