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Sandy Scare Underscores Importance Of Bond Initiative For Huntington Residents

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Jonathan Street evacuated his house in Huntington, shown here, although the neighborhood did not flood.
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Jonathan Street evacuated his house in Huntington, shown here, although the neighborhood did not flood.

Residents of the Huntington neighborhood in Fairfax County are returning to their homes after being evacuated last night.

When Fairfax County authorities ordered the evacuation of Arlington Terrace, Jonathan Street was worried, remembering as he did the devastation created by the storm in the summer of 2011.

"The last time, the water came into the yard here and that would be all I could see," says Street. "But by the time it was around the house, that's when the power went off."

This time, the power was still on when his street was evacuated. Fortunately for neighbors here, Cameron Run did not flood during the storm. Residents are returning today and counting their blessings. They're also looking forward to Election Day, when a $30 million bond initiative is on the ballot for flood mitigation.

"I'm definitely going to give my vote and hope that it's decided that way," says Street.

Although the Huntington neighborhood is not mentioned in the ballot language, county leaders have agreed to construct a floodwall here -- if the measure is approved.

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