McDuffie wants flood relief fund for Bloomingdale

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Local,DC,Liz Farmer

D.C. Councilman Kenyan McDuffie is calling for the city to establish a relief fund for neighborhoods that deal with chronic flooding issues because of the city's antiquated drainage system.

On Monday, as Bloomingdale residents cleaned up after yet another rainwater backup during heavy storms Sunday night, the Ward 5 councilman told the Washington Post that "no resident should have to live like the residents of Bloomingdale have to live now," and that financial relief should also be provided to the victims.

Bloomingdale and other nearby neighborhoods are prone to flooding because they are in parts of the city that still rely on a sewage system that's more than a century old. A massive underground tunnel that will help increase D.C.'s drainage capacity is being built but is still about a decade away from being finished.

lfarmer@washingtonexaminer.com

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