From Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <[email protected]>
Subject Councilmember McDuffie Calls for Relief Funding for Residents
Date September 17, 2020 9:48 PM
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Neighbors,

On Thursday, September 10th, 2020 we experienced an extreme rain fall event that resulted in severe flooding and sewage back up across the city, the effects within Ward 5 were significant . I have received hundreds of emails and calls from neighbors requesting assistance. Immediately following last Thursdays flooding I called DC Water and expressed my concern for the safety and well-being of many of our residents here in Ward 5. Friday, over the weekend and on Monday I met with neighbors in the Edgewood, Brookland, Trinidad, and Woodridge communities and witnessed first-hand the severity of damage to homes. In a letter to DC Water on September 14th, I expressed my expectation of swift action to provide immediate relief for impacted residents.

Yesterday, DC Water announced that they are committing $1.5 million for clean-up relief for residents who need immediate assistance with remediation such as de-watering, cleaning, and sanitizing their property. The emergency clean-up relief funds will be available with a per property limit of $5,000. Additionally, they have expanded the Backflow Valve Program to include residents within the impacted neighborhoods which provides a rebate of up to $6,000 per home. More information about these programs can be found here ([link removed][UNIQID]) . If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance accessing these resources, please reach out so we may assist.

I recognize that this is just the beginning for many of our neighbors and I am committed to seeing this issue through until the end. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call my office at 202-724-8028.

In Service,

Kenyan

In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

* Ward 5 Outreach After Flooding
* Kenyan in the News
* Kenyan in the Community
* Drive in Movie with Councilmember McDuffie
* COVID-19 Testing
* DCPS Update
* Free After School Meals
* Phase 2 Guidance



** Ward 5 Outreach After Flooding
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Councilmember McDuffie met with residents following the extreme rain fall event that resulted in severe flooding and sewage back up across the city.


** Kenyan in the News
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* Councilmember McDuffie speaks with Anna-Lysa Gayle of ABC 7 ([link removed][UNIQID])
* FOX 5 DC's Maureen Umeh interviews Councilmember McDuffie on the flooding in Ward 5 ([link removed][UNIQID])
* Washington Post Interviews Councilmember McDuffie on relief funding from DC Water ([link removed][UNIQID])
* Councilmember McDuffie joined The Politics Hour to talk about Metro, election readiness, school reopening. ([link removed][UNIQID])
* Councilmember McDuffie speaks with the Washington Post on the Impact COVID-19 is having on our small businesses community. ([link removed][UNIQID])


** Kenyan in the Community
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Councilmember McDuffie at the Michigan Park Christian Church food giveaway.


** Drive in Movie with Councilmember McDuffie
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On Friday, September 18th, 2020 Councilmember McDuffie will host a drive in screening of the movie 42 starring the late Chadwick Boseman. There are a limited number of free tickets available, residents may request tickets by emailing Jonathan McNair at [email protected]


** COVID-19 Testing
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** DCPS Update
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** Free After School Meals
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** Phase 2 Guidance
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