ALEXANDRIA, VA — Vanessa Pineiro could see the drain on her street from a window in her Rosemont home on Sept. 10. Around 1:45 p.m., the drain stopped taking in rain, and water began collecting on the street. According to her estimations, the flooding began 10 to 15 minutes after the drain had filled.
Lucky for her, she had moved her car up the street to avoid flooding, and home repairs tied to the last flash flood on July 23 hadn’t started yet. Around 3 p.m., the water was receding, but the damage was done.
Pineiro and her husband used to live at a house at a higher elevation and bought their newest house even after July 8, 2019, flooding affected the area.
“We bought this house knowing that happened, but it was supposed to be [a] 100-year-flood,” she said, referring to a flood that has a 1 in 100