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Woodbridge residents brace for more flooding

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Gredre Dominguez is getting ready for disaster. Again.

Prince William County residents fear more flooding will hit the region. The Marumsco Creek, seen here, swelled several weeks ago. (Photo: Gail Pennybacker)

It was two weeks ago she and her family had five minutes to leave their Woodbridge home when Prince William County officials determined a retaining wall was unstable after being hit with heavy rain.

Days after she was allowed to move back in, the stormy forecast makes her worried.

“It's fallen and with more raining coming, I don't see anything being done,” she said.

Furious flooding surged in the area when Tropical Storm Lee struck. Route One's commuter corridor ran like a river, claiming dozens of homes in Holly Acres. Eduardo Arebalo's sister's home was destroyed. Now they are afraid of more rain.

“I'm scared again,” said Arebalo. “I don't know what will happen.”

Michelle Young took photos of the water just steps from her front door when the flood waters rolled through the area. She's concerned that nearby Marumsco Creek, now filled with debris, will rise again and do even more damage.

“I hope they fix the bottom with a barricade or something from the creek,” she said.

Some 16 businesses were wiped out during the floods, from a law practice to this auto repair shop.

Business owner Buddy Sigmon says his loyal customers have helped with cleaning up or donating cash. He looks at the gathering clouds and tries to hold on to hope.

“Well, maybe it will help wash my parking lot,” he said. “I haven't gotten to that yet, so maybe that the only good thing that will come out of it.”

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