Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park prepare for Flooding – Sandbags Now Being Distributed

100 block of Rhode Island Ave, NW in 2012

From DC Water:

“In preparation for severe weekend weather and potential impacts from Hurricane Joaquin, DC Water is ramping up staffing and taking other actions to protect its customers, facilities and personnel. DC Water is closely monitoring flood-prone areas of the District of Columbia and crews are working around the clock to clear storm drains and prepare pump stations for increased flows. Emergency equipment and staff are standing by to respond to problems that may occur as a result of the storms.

DC Water is prepared to distribute sandbags to customers that live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and the 900 block of P Street NW. DC Water personnel will staff a sandbag distribution location for residents of the targeted neighborhoods at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW beginning today at 10:00 am. Please note that sandbags will only be distributed to residents in these targeted neighborhoods and they may be asked to show proof of residency at the distribution site.”

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  • Accountering

    Is there some sort of map that would show which areas are in this elusive flood zone?

    • FEMA has flood maps you can look up. Also googling “DC flood map”, or wherever you’re interested in looking, will bring up lots of information.

    • Check out some of the maps in this PDF: http://

      Looks like 2nd/Fl falls within the potential zone. I’d advise you pick up some sandbags, just in case. 🙂

  • Another thing one doesn’t have to worry about when living up high in a multi-unit building. I would not not want to be preparing my home for floods like these.

    • DC Water is in the midst of a multi-million dollar contract that should wrap up by end of year to deal with flooding. With most of the work complete, I don’t think the neighborhood has to worry about this any more.

    • You’re awesome.

    • LOL. Except for some of the buildings along Florida Ave near 930 Club that have had all the basement level condos flooded due to the deluge of rain. I know of one building that will lose it’s flood insurance permanently if there’s another flood.

      • And I imagine all of the residents of this building ended up paying (in some way) for the damage to the basement units — a higher insurance cost would likely mean higher condo fees.

        • The master policy for the building covered my friend’s condo (and those of the 6 or 7 other apartments in the basement level). Apparently, their apartment flooded once before they bought it. Then again two years ago – all my friends’ stuff was ruined as were the hardwood floors and cabinetry. The insurer said that they would drop the building’s policy if there was one more flood and the building would probably never be able to get flood insurance again from the private market (not sure if Federal flood insurance is available in DC). The building had to do a ton of repairs in order to stay covered – installing better back-up preventers, re-grading where possible to improve drainage, new industrial sump pumps, etc.
          Of course, my friends sold the apartment last year at a $50K appreciation (they only owned it for 3 years). Not sure what kind of disclosures were required to be made to the buyers. A lot of the basement owners sold their places once the repairs were completed. No one wants to be left holding the bag.

      • Not Bloomingdale, or LeDroit Park.


    Maps start at slide 12.

    It’s smaller than block by block, the flooding hazard depends house by house.

  • Props to DC Water! I just picked up some sandbags (on First St., north of Rhode Island Ave. by Windows), and the DC Water employees were super friendly and even loaded the bags into the back of my Car2Go for me. They said there haven’t been any problems in the area so far… fingers crossed!

    • Any clue if they are still distributing? Just saw the notice and we have some tenants at work who want to pick up bags in the evening.

  • has been the easiest map for me to use (ESRI doesn’t work on my machine for some reason). Anything marked zone X is not considered a flood zone.

  • They fixed the problem years ago. There have been recent rain amounts equal to some of the 2012 storms and no flooding. Guess the Green Infrastructure works.

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