2River, near the County's border with the City of Alexandria.That evening, a storm produced "long periods of precipitationwith high intensity downpours," causing significant flooding.In less than two hours, the flow depth of Cameron Run increasedfrom just under 2 feet to almost 14 feet. The storm createdthe second-highest water flow in the channel since 1953.
The floodwaters, blocked on the north by the concrete massof the Capital Beltway, overwhelmed the southern bank ofCameron Run and engulfed much of Huntington. Floodwater backedup through storm and sanitary sewers and filled the basementsof many of the Plaintiffs' homes with sewage-laced water. Theflood damaged the Plaintiffs' homes and personal property.The Plaintiffs allege that the June 2006 flood was causedby the acts or omissions of the County and VDOT. During itsconstruction of the Beltway in the early 1960s, VDOT'spredecessor, the Virginia Department of Highways, straighteneda curved section of Cameron Run and relocated it roughly 1,150feet closer to Huntington.
The straightening and relocationreduced Cameron Run to 38% of its natural width.
The highest flow was created by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
From the time of the Beltway's construction until theJune 2006 flood, VDOT owned the land on which Cameron Run wasrelocated. The Huntington homes were built several yearsbefore the relocation of Cameron Run and construction of theBeltway.