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'What can we do about it?' | DC Mayor calls for analysis of flooding, sewage backup in Northeast

Homeowners are not satisfied and said they've lost thousands of dollars in damaged property due to continued flooding.

WASHINGTON — Some homeowners in Northeast D.C. are still cleaning up four days after heavy rains forced raw sewage into many basements.

“All of us can empathize how disturbing a situation that is,” DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference Monday.

“I was wading through 6 inches of raw sewage that flooded my basement,” one NE resident said. "Family heirlooms, couches, appliances, you name it — destroyed.” 

“Is this a historical problem for the neighborhood? Some residents report yes, is it an issue with the storm? Is it an issue with their system?” the Mayor questioned aloud. “But bottom line is, what can we do about it?”

After heavy rain flooded homes with raw sewage on Thursday, an Edgewood neighborhood has called on district leaders to provide relief. Two days after raw sewage flooded homes along the 300 block of Bryant Street, Northeast in Edgewood, neighbors called for district leaders to offer relief as some cleaned and others gutted their basements on Saturday.

The neighborhoods hardest hit this time around are in the Northeast communities of Edgewood and Riggs Park, next to Fort Totten. DC Water sent crews there Monday morning to talk to neighbors. DC Water’s general manager even visited Saturday, but many found comfort or assurance. The general manager said DC water is now working to figure on exactly what went wrong. In the meantime, she recommended homeowners file claims with DC Water for the damage to their properties.

DC Water spokesperson said they are also expanding the backwater valve rebate program to those neighborhoods. But according to their website, the $6,000 rebate is toward the cost of installing a backwater valve to prevent future flooding. So, for the residents now left with thousands of dollars of damage to their properties, they said they’re only relief was that the water and sewage has subsided — for now.

A spokesperson for DC Water said the agency will hold a virtual town hall Wednesday for affected residents.

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