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Does this mean the housing bubble is over?

Scott A. Surovell

Yesterday, I had breakfast with Supervisor Gerry Hyland (who had been up all night) this morning at Elsie's and while we were there, a man came up who was eating breakfast there (because he obviously has no house) and talked about how he had 11 feet of water up through his basement and into his first floor. The flood came without any kind of warning or notice. They've never flooded there before. They were not in the 100 year flood plain so no one was required to have flood insurance and none had it. Even in the rains of hurricaine Agnes in 1972 which wiped out the GW parkway bridge over Hunting Creek, that neighborhood didn't flood. All of his belongings were in his basement and first floor. He said it all has to go and that he wants to renovate and stay. He needs to take down all of his walls and empty his basement and dry the place out before he can start renovating. He's got residual water in his basement he needs to power vac out, but the County can't turn on his power until his electrical box is replaced or temporary power is installed so he's basically stuck waiting. FEMA says it's too small of a number of families affected for them to take jurisdiction for providing relief although they are working on that. There are over 100 people like him. It's like the New Alexandria/Belleview from Hurricane Isabel situation all over again except that was a higher end neighborhood.

Contributions should be sent to:

Huntington Relief Fund c/o UCM
7511 Fordson Road
Alexandria, VA 22306-2225

Checks should be payable to "United Community Ministries" and you should put "Huntington Disaster Relief" on the memo line.

If you want to give your time, Volunteer Fairfax is coordinating those efforts. Information is at:


Doug in Mount Vernon

I am hoping to get there by about 12:30-12:45 to help out as well. Hope to see some other blogger folk over there to help out those who need it!

FYI, meet at Edison HS. Last volunteer check-in over there is at 1:30 PM.

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