HUNTINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - The flood-prone area of Huntington is bracing for another flood with Hurricane Sandy.
Residents' memories are still fresh from the last flood in September 2011 after rains from Tropical Storm Lee pushed Cameron Run over its banks and into the community.
It was the third time Huntington flooded in the last ten years and many homes were damaged. Fairfax County says there are 180 homes in the FEMA-designed floodplain that are at risk in the future.
The affordable homes were built before the Beltway was constructed in the 1960s. During the construction of I-495, Cameron Run was moved, pushing the flood zone further into the Huntington neighborhoods. Then, when the Woodrow Wilson bridge was rebuilt, more drainage changes made the problem worse.
Residents are hoping Fairfax County voters will approve the $30 million Stormwater bond issue that would provide funds to build a levee and pumping station to protect Huntington. The Army Corps of Engineers studied various options to solve the flooding problem. It found that a levee and pumping station were the most cost-effective.