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Storms in NE DC damage homes, businesses

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Another day, another severe storm damages parts of the D.C. region.

On Friday, strong storms battered parts of Northeast D.C. and Prince George’s County.

Along the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue Northeast, rainwater clogged an underpass, stalling cars in the process.

The pet hotel, District Dogs, sits next to the same overpass. The business found itself engulfed in flood water for the second time in several weeks.

“A business can’t operate in this part of the town if it’s going to flood,” District Dogs Owner Jacob Hensley said. “A flood wall would be important and really just making sure that our stormwater system [is better], so this doesn’t happen.”

Luckily, no dogs in the business were hurt.

The underpass at Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue NE flooded as well during the storm, stranding multiple cars in the District.

However, the storm brought more to the D.C. region than floodwater. It also produced lightning.

On the 1400 block of Channing Street NE, in D.C., one family called DC Fire and EMS after they thought their home had been struck by lightning.

Other neighbors told WUSA9 they heard two successive booms at the residence.

When firefighters got to the property, they found smoke in the attic and a burning hole in the house’s roof.

Luckily, no one was hurt in the incident. However, the family of four at the home was temporarily displaced.

This happened just one day after three people were killed and another person was injured inside Lafayette Park, near the White House, by a lightning strike.

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