Bloomingdale, LeDroit flooding task force named
Kamau Anderson of St. George's Episopal Church is talking about flooding. Up and down the streets of D.C.'s Bloomingdale and LeDroit park neighborhoods, it's a recurring story: Flooding.
"I mean it came up over the curbs over the two steps and down in the basement,” says resident Bruce Arnold.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Tuesday came to the neighborhood and named a task force to come up with short term fixes by years end to deal with floods like the ones in July.
"And we all decided look we got to do something right now. I think it was a sense of urgency that probably should have been manifested years before now,” the mayor says.
The long term fix is a $2.6 billion sewer project that would bury tunnels 100 feet under D.C. and would extend 13 miles from the blue plains treatment plant to RFK stadium to the Bloomingdale neighborhood and relieve these clogged sewers by 2025.
In the meantime, D.C. Water is willing to give homeowners up to a $3,000 rebates to install backflow protectors, to keep sewage from backing up into homes.
Residents in some of the these neighborhood worry every time there's a big rain and don't park in certain areas because they've had their cars flooded there before.
After her home flooded three times during rainstorms last month, Betsy McDaniel is a nervous wreck.
"Wake up in the night and hear rain on the window and have to get up and run down to the basement. It's hasn't been fun,” she says.