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Generators were brought in to power cleanup efforts at the Washington Harbour complex.
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Generators were brought in to power cleanup efforts at the Washington Harbour complex.

Attorney Gary Mason has filed the lawsuit against the property managers of Washington Harbour on behalf of Charles Holcomb of Alexandria. He's a bartender who works at Farmers & Fishers -- one of the restaurants that's been shut down all week due to the damage caused by the flood.

The class action suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was filed on behalf of Holcomb and other employees that stand to lose significant income while businesses in the complex remain closed.

On Monday, high tides from the Potomac River inundated the Washington Harbour business and residential complex, damaging several restaurants and an outdoor fountain. Disaster recovery crews had to pump nearly 10 feet of standing water from the area.

D.C. Fire and EMS crews say when they arrived on scene Monday, all of the flood gates -- which are supposed to be used to protect the complex from high tides -- were not in place. If they had been, Washington Harbour would not have sustained such serious flood damage, a DCFD spokesperson told WAMU Monday.

MRP Realty, the property managers of the complex, sent out a statement to Washington Harbour tenants and owners earlier this week saying the property should be cleaned up by the end of the day Sunday.

A restaurant owner in the complex told WAMU Wednesday that it could be [weeks]9http://wamu.org/news/11/04/21/aftergeorgetownfloodingrestaurantopeningscouldtake_weeks.php) before he reopens.

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