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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Friday, Mayor Vincent Gray announced three short-term measures to help lessen the impacts of flooding in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods, who have been plagued with severe flooding this summer.

According to Gray, the measures are:

  1. Analyzing the effectiveness of, and installing additional, storm drains in affected areas
  2. Installing stormwater-retention features in the affected area to lessen runoff due to heavy rains
  3. Assisting residents in the neighborhood with installation of rain barrels to collect runoff from rooftops during storms, thereby decreasing the stormwater loads that the sewer system must handle.

DDOT will immediately being analyzing the number and effectiveness of storm drains inthe 500 and 600 blocks of Florida Avenue NW. With DC Water funding, DDOT willthen add more storm drains and connect them with part of D.C's sewer system that does not get overwhelmed during storms. Construction is slated to begin within 45 days.

DDOT will also design and install" porous pavers, tree boxes and other water-capturing features in the sidewalk along the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW," according to the mayor. This work will also start immediately and construction will begin within 45 days.

A one-time grant of $250,000 to DDOE will allow an expansion of the RiverSmart Homes program for neighborhoods along the Northeast Boundary Trunk Sewer. This would allow thousands of homes to disconnect downspouts and install rain barrels to reduce the stormwater that runs off into the combined sewer. Officials say this will help keep flooding away from homes with backflow preventers. Applications for rain barrels will be accepted starting October 1.

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