Bloomingdale Preps for More Flooding

Monday, Sep 3, 2012  |  Updated 12:32 AM EDT
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heavy rains caused the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Northwest Washington to flood again on Sunday night for the fourth time in recent months.  Darcy Spencer reports

heavy rains caused the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Northwest Washington to flood again on Sunday night for the fourth time in recent months. Darcy Spencer reports

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Community Braces for More Flooding

People who live in the Bloomingdale area of northwest Washington brace for new trouble with today's rainy weather.

Bloomingdale Mopping Up After Storms, Once Again

One resident says his apartment has flooded three times in the past 10 days.
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D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie said Friday that he is working with DC Water, the Department of Public Works and DDoT to address more possible flooding in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.

Ryan Eades (@Ryan2499) tweeted out a picture Friday morning of a DC Water crew digging into a storm drain on the south side of Rhode Island Avenue.

Bloomingdale resident Derrick Jones posted in a blog entry on his site that the area has seen flooding three times in the past two weeks.

"... manhole covers have done their best Old Faithful impressions; First & V Streets NW turned into a white-water spectacular; and the residents of Bloomingdale have considered renaming Rhode Island Avenue the Rhode Island River. And, for the past week, DC’s newest river has been at high tide."

Check out video of the latest flooding here:

 More rain is expected today, so residents are preparing for more possible flooding.

DPW will provide sandbags Friday starting at 1 p.m. at the intersection of Second and Bryant Street, NW.

“We have already begun implementing what I call our Bloomingdale Action Agenda,” DC Water General Manager George Hawkins said in a release. “This is a list of specific steps DC Water, residents and businesses, and other parts of the government are taking and can take to reduce the effects of runoff and flooding.”

DC Water and McDuffie said they will coordinate "a multi-entity examination" of the flooding problem. District and federal agencies with jurisdiction over streets and alleys, stormwater management, plumbing codes, insurance and flood plains, and residents, will all take part in the discussion.

More information can be found online at

“I am pleased that DC Water is taking these steps to help our community in the short term,” McDuffie said. “I will continue to work with General Manager Hawkins and the staffs of other agencies to resolve the problem in the long term, and my team is exploring any legislative or regulatory changes that might help.”

DC Water will also attend a special meeting of the Bloomingdale Civic Association on Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. George’s Episcopal Church (160 U St. NW, in the basement).

For customers experiencing an emergency, please call DC Water’s 24-hour Command Center at 202-612-3400. For all other inquiries, please contact or DC Water’s Bloomingdale hotline at 202-787-2688.

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