After The Flood: Frustrated Bloomingdale Residents Still Mopping Up

10:28 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- With a forecast for more strong storms, residents in the Bloomingdale neighborhood are weary and frustrated by the flooding that has become too familiar. 

Living in fear of heavy rains that turn their streets into rivers, residents of the area of Rhode Island Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets NW, frustrated residents spent Monday in mop up mode to cope with ruined appliances and wet basements.

The storms had dumped enough water to strand three cars. Two drivers were able to get out on their own, but one driver had to be rescued by the fire department on an inflatable raft. His car was completely submerged.

Residents say this is a recurring problem, where severe street flooding has hit at least four times this year alone.

Some residents reported up to 10 inches of water in their basements, and spent Labor Day dealing with water damage. Mayor Vincent Gray has a task force to tackle the issue of flooding in this area, and sandbags were distributed on Monday.

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