Fairfax Residents Preparing For Summer Floods | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Fairfax Residents Preparing For Summer Floods

Play associated audio
Crews clean up in the aftermath of the flooding that struck Huntington, Va. in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee in August of 2011.
Jonathan Wilson
Crews clean up in the aftermath of the flooding that struck Huntington, Va. in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee in August of 2011.

Everyone in the neighborhood near the Huntington Metro station has a story. Pregnant women rescued by firefighters in rafts. Waste-deep water. Mold. Mildew.

"The water comes from both directions," says Ana Funes, describing what the floods are like. "It comes from the street, the sewers, and it comes from the back. So it's the worst watching it. You see the field get filled with water, and you see fish and stuff coming this way."

Fish. Debris. And ruin. In the last few years, this part of Fairfax County has been hit hard--multiple times. Resident Jeff Hoekstra says last year's devastating flood cost him about $15,000.

"It's easy to pass over the headlines, oh, 200 houses flooded, neighborhoods evacuated, because you don't see it again the next day," he says. "But the reality is I just finished up repairs from the last flood, which happened in September."

Now that summer is approaching, people are concerned that another flood may be on the way, perhaps even more devastating than the last. Alan Ruof says the flooding problem has been created over the last few decades with increasing development along Cameron Run and throughout Fairfax County.

"The things that have caused the flooding for Huntington have been very good for Fairfax County," he says. "They've made sense. They've produced wealth and prosperity. But, boy Huntington has really paid the price, and we need help."

Help may be on the way. This November, voters in Fairfax County will consider a $30 million bond referendum to build a levy along Cameron Run. Ruof says voters should vote yes.

"I guess the first thing we have to say to everyone in Fairfax County is please help us," he says. "We need your help. We need things to change."

Residents here say that help can't come soon enough. And many are already placing the sandbags out for the summer.

NPR

'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Journalist Barry Estabrook wanted to know more about the animal and its journey from the farm to his plate. In a new book, he explores the dichotomies of the industry that's raising our pork chops.
NPR

Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?
NPR

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential Run

Huckabee, who previously sought the presidency in 2008, hosted a television program on Fox until January, when he ended the eponymous show to consider his political future.
NPR

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.