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In preparation for the summer storm season, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and the head of D.C. Water have outlined their aggressive new plan to keep water out of the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park.

D.C. Water's General Manager George Hawkins offers this warning for the summer storm season: "The rains are a-comin'."

That was exactly the case last summer when Bloomingdale resident Sara Fatell's apartment flooded three times in just 10 days.

"Since then, as it rains, we sandbag the doors and create this really interesting tarp," Fatell says.

Pretty soon, residents won't have to do that, at least according to a promise made by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who outlined repairs to the water drainage system in the neighborhood by D.C. Water starting next week.

"They will begin the installation of a 5-foot wide sewer line in the median of the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW," Gray says.

The new sewer line will shut down busy commuter lanes on Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest Monday morning. It replaces an outdated system that is more than one hundred years old.

Work also includes:

  • Installation of a rain garden in the 100 block of Rhode Island Ave NW and T St. NW
  • Installation of permeable pavement in a 1st St. alley
  • Installation of an 18-inch sewer line on the south side of Rhode Island Ave. NW at 2nd St. NW
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