Heavy rain causes DC condo building wall to collapse, flooding at Humane Rescue Alliance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The heavy rain over the weekend canceled outdoor plans and caused issues across the city.

According to D.C. Fire and EMS, a section of a basement wall collapsed early Saturday morning at a three-story condominium building, injuring no one but displacing 11 residents.

Fire officials say the collapse was due to the heavy rain that swept through the region Friday night.

Cortez Johnson, president of the civic association for the community, Fairfax Village, and a resident, says the situation was scary but a wake-up call about the historic buildings.

"It was a scary event, but it was also a necessary event to make sure we are aware of what we need to do to maintain this infrastructure here," he says. "It's definitely a blessing to say the least that no one was hurt throughout something like this

The building inspector responded to the scene and after studying it, said the building wasn't safe to occupy.

The heavy rain also caused major issues for the Humane Society Alliance in Northeast D.C. on Friday.

Vice President of Operations, Claudia Roll, says the rain backed up the sewage system and it overflowed the drains in each kennel, destroying beds and toys.

"There was water as much as about five inches in some of the kennels and dogs were in there," she says. "It was pretty bad, safety hazard for the animals and for the staff."

After posting about the need for donations on Twitter, she says the community instantly stepped up.

"It was so awesome, they've been streaming in here all day with donations, so you know keep it coming," she says. "We're still at risk, the drains underneath are too high."

Roll says they are working with the city to address the issue, but as they do that, now more than ever is a great time to adopt.

For more information, visit the Humane Society Alliance website.