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Storms wipe out areas, business owners frustrated by floods

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On Wednesday afternoon, when the skies rained in northeastern Washington, dog owner Jacob Hensley of the Dog Day Care District checked the security cameras of his store on Rhode Island Avenue.

“There are waves of water crashing against the building,” Hensley said. “I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m going again.'”

For the third time in less than a month, Hensley’s storefront was submerged. Hensley says when the daycare begins to flood, dogs are hauled to higher ground and staff go into “damage management mode” to remove potentially damaging items from the floor.

“They told us this was like a once-in-a-generation or once-a-year type of flood, but three times in four weeks?” Hensley said. “I do not think so.”

Flooding at Hensley’s business was part of a storm system that hit the district, Maryland and Virginia on Wednesday afternoon and evening, flooding roads and delaying evening commutes by miles, officials said. occurred.

In the same district, the DC Fire and EMS rescued a woman whose car was stuck in high water around 5:06 p.m. on the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE, said Vito, a spokesperson for the DC Fire and EMS. says Maggiolo. Her female occupant had climbed onto the roof of her vehicle, but her rescue team brought her down. she was unharmed.

On the same block, Hensley said his facility had at least a three-foot wall outside and a two to three-inch wall of water inside. Flood bags were in place, but “our buildings aren’t built like ships,” Hensley said.

dog daycare locations Open in May. During construction last year, Hensley said he received no warnings about the possibility of flooding. said they wanted a solution that protected

“We need to know there is a way to fix this,” Hensley said. “This is dangerous no matter when it rains.”

At the Capitol South Metro station on First Street SE, staff removed water from a ceiling platform, said Sherry Lee, a spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority, in an email.

“Today, heavy rains and flooding in the area overwhelmed the drainage system and began to seep into the Capitol South Station through the dome ceiling,” Ly said Wednesday evening. “We are also testing the wastewater to make sure there are no other issues.”

Ly said the incident lasted about 15 minutes and caused no injuries or impact on train operations.

Metropolitan Transportation Coordinating Committee (MATOC) murmured At 6:47 p.m., Interstates 95 and 495 northbound were delayed 6 miles due to high tide, passing Maryland 450 in Prince George County. According to MATOC, around 6:25 p.m., a tree fell on Maryland 295 southbound on Greenbelt Road, blocking one right-hand lane, causing a seven-mile delay.

Around 6:50 p.m., Baltimore Washington International Airport experienced an average delay of 3 hours and 29 minutes, while Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport reported a delay of 4 hours and 56 minutes, according to the FAA. Washington Dulles International Airport reported delays of up to 4 hours and 57 minutes.

In Prince George’s County, lightning struck a two-story single-family home at block 14400 St. Gregory Way in Acoqueek at approximately 4:50 p.m. Smoke was rising from the roof and flames were rising from the attic. Residents voluntarily evacuated, police said.

Less than a week after lightning strikes in Lafayette Square killed three people and injured one in a severe thunderstorm on Thursday, severe weather hit.

Hensley said flood cleanup crews left the District Dogs on Wednesday night after completing their cleanup operations. The crew was also there on Friday. Hensley said the dog daycare will be closed Thursday and possibly through the weekend, giving staff time to rest and regroup.

“I feel lost and unsure of what to do because I have no control,” he said. “No one controls Mother Nature.”