Flooding across Northern Va. keeps area plumbers busy

(WJLA) - Like many across the Northern Virginia area, Lori Rizzi spent her Thursday morning cleaning up.

“We tried to clean it up last night, the water level was still high and rising, so we gave up and started at it again this morning,” she said.

The storms brought in about an inch to an inch-and-a-half of water, which flooded her entire basement.

“We were able to save important paperwork and pictures we had piled in boxes around here,” she explained. “The boxes got wet, but we were able to get here quick enough to save those.”

However, headaches for homeowners mean big business for cleaning companies. Sean Smith is the restoration service manager for Michael & Son services in Alexandria. He says that on an average day, they get about five calls a day – but on Thursday morning, in just a matter of four hours, they had more than 100 people calling for help.

“Unfortunately, we’re not able to get to everyone – we have to put everyone on call until we can,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Fairfax Station area, Jennifer Kozlowski was stuck at a hotel once the creek spilled out onto the only road that leads in and out of her home. She says this happens just about every time the area gets a big storm.

Yet at the end of the day, she says it’s a small price to pay in order to live on this five-acre property with the view that she loves:

“It comes with the charm of living beyond that tunnel…it’s quaint and quiet back here.”