Arcadia Place in D.C., other areas hit by D.C. storms

(Photo: Suzanne Kennedy)

A one block stretch of Arcadia Place in northwest Washington has the battle scars of a difficult summer. Last night a huge tree came crashing down on two homes.

On Thursday the massive oak was being removed and the Capuano's are assessing the damage to a home they've lived in for decades.

“You drive around the neighborhood and you see everybody else hit with a tree and you thank the Lord you're ok,” says NW resident Carol Capuano. “Well this time we got it.”

The Capuanos were just a few of the victims from Wednesday night’s storm that ripped through the D.C. area, pouring rain and some hail.

But it wasn’t just Wednesday’ night’s storm that affected the area. The June 29th storm also wreaked havoc on the block. A tree fell on one house, shearing its roof off. It is now uninhabitable.

Another tree went down on top of multiple cars, including Donald Capuano's, whose house was hit with the tree last night.

Mary Feller lived through six days in her Arcadia Place home without power after the derecho. Last night her electricity went out again as yet another neighbor lost a tree.

“It's scary that a number of trees are going down and you can't even hear them when they go down,” Feller says. “You look out the window and it doesn't seem like it's a bad storm and then there's a major tree that’s gone down.

But if it’s any consolation, neighbors just a few blocks away are also coping with the effects of a downed tree and no electricity.

But downed trees weren’t the only issues facing residents after the storms.

Jeremy Fegley owns a beautiful apartment in the Bloomingdale neighborhood in northwest D.C. But last night -- for the second time in just eight days -- it flooded. It caused almost $10,000 in damage. He has had to tear sheetrock off the walls.

“You're sitting in your place and water is coming in through the front door, the toilets, and the drains, and you're a sitting duck,” Fegley says. “There's nothing you can do about it.”

Residents say the area has had such problems for years and that it has to do largely with the city's poor drainage system.

Donnie Mumford, NW Resident: about ten years ago the water was this high. Maybe higher. I've seen it like a river out here, man.

A D.C. Water spokesman said Wednesday that they are aware of the problem and have taken short and long term actions to fix it.

But that will take 13 years to complete. And in the meantime, residents says the city has not done enough.

“They've gotta get a hold of this,” says NW resident Sylvester Whitney. “Because all these houses get flooded and its bad. It's real bad.”