Mary Temarantz of Edmonston has had it.
Over the weekend, more than seven inches of rain fell on the Washington region, flooding her community. In Temarantz's home on 49th Avenue, almost two feet of water filled the basement, damaging her washing machine, dryer and furnace. It was the second time in 15 months that her home had flooded.
The first time, she said, she shelled out thousands of dollars to clear out the water, dry the basement and replace belongings. This time, the 84-year-old widow wants the Prince George's County government to pay for the damage, because as she and town officials see it, the county has failed to meet its responsibility to pump out floodwater.
"I'm very stressed out and angry with the county," said Temarantz, who has lived in her red-brick home for 42 years.
During the last flood, in July 2004, she said, "there was three feet of water in my basement. I spent $10,000 to fix it. I can't go through this expense again."
The much-needed rain that fell Friday night and Saturday left many homes in the area wet inside. But for the 1,350 residents of Edmonston, which sits near the flood plain of the Northeast Branch of the Anacostia River, between Bladensburg and Hyattsville, the heavy rains were especially damaging.
Officials from Prince George's and the town of Edmonston said the flooding occurred because of a malfunction in a county-operated pumping station that is more than 50 years old.
According to Haitham Hijazi, director of the county's Department of Public Works and Transportation, the pumping station carries water from four drains away from Edmonston.
He said the pumps failed Friday night because of an electrical short.
When the water reaches a certain level, the pumps are supposed to automatically drain it into the river, said Susan Hubbard, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works. Instead, the water backed up into the community.
At the request of Mayor Adam Ortiz, the department sent sump pumps to the town Sunday to help move the water out of basements, along with dehumidifiers to ward off mold and mildew in homes with elderly people and small children.
Ortiz, along with other town officials, went door-to-door after the heavy rainfall to survey the damage and check on citizens.
There were no reports of injuries related to the flooding, Ortiz said.
"The machinery can't keep up with the rainfall in this area," he said. "It was built in the '50s, when the town was more rural."
At a special town meeting Monday to discuss the flooding, county representatives presented a plan to update the pumping station.
The plan calls for the addition of two state-of-the-art pumps. The representatives said there also is a plan to put another pumping station in the southern end of town.
County representatives also said Prince George's will reimburse residents for damages from last weekend's rainfall as well as from the July 2004 flooding.
The county's response is in stark contrast to last year, when the government made residents who experienced flooding fill out reimbursement forms.
Ortiz and Prince George's County Council member David Harrington (D-Cheverly) acknowledged that the county denied each application for reimbursement, arguing the damages were caused by an act of God.
This time, Ortiz said, he plans to hold the county government to its plan to overhaul the pumping station and help the citizens of Edmonston.
"We will ask for a block grant," he said. "We want a guarantee. We've suffered enough."
Meanwhile, Temarantz, who again is dealing with warped doors and water-damaged appliances, said she is wary.
"I just can't take this anymore," she said.
"I'm going to sell my house and move."