Mount Ver­non es­tate dam­aged by mud­slide dur­ing storm

The Washington Post Sunday - - METRO - BY MARY HUI

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s Mount Ver­non es­tate suf­fered a se­vere mud­slide af­ter storms led to heavy rain, lash­ing winds and hail the size of quar­ters Fri­day night in an area just south of the Belt­way.

The Mount Ver­non area was par­tic­u­larly hard hit as the storm moved slowly east. The his­toric land­mark sus­tained dam­age to the east lawn af­ter a se­vere mud­slide took out close to 100 feet of a brick wall just be­low the 18th-cen­tury man­sion, ac­cord­ing to Curt Viebranz, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the land­mark south of Alexan­dria.

“It was tor­ren­tial . . . . It ac­tu­ally sheared some of the bricks,” said Viebranz, who es­ti­mated that the area re­ceived six to seven inches of rain within an hour. “The force of the rain and the runoff was just . . . Mother Na­ture.”

The man­sion and other his­toric struc­tures are in­tact, but other places on the es­tate also sus­tained wa­ter dam­age, Viebranz said. Cer­tain ar­eas were closed to the pub­lic Sat­ur­day as in­spec­tions and re­pairs are car­ried out.

Viebranz es­ti­mates that the cost of re­pairs will run “north of mil­lion bucks.”

Mount Ver­non is owned and op­er­ated by a pri­vate, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The es­tate staff as­sessed all build­ings on the prop­erty af­ter the storm, and Viebranz per­son­ally in­spected Ge­orge and Martha Wash­ing­ton’s tomb to make sure there was no flood­ing or wa­ter dam­age to the site.

The Mount Ver­non es­tate has suf­fered mud­slides be­fore, said Viebranz, but “we’ve never had any­thing this se­vere.” He added that his staff, some em­ployed there for 30 years, “don’t re­mem­ber any­thing of this mag­ni­tude.”

“We were the un­lucky ones last night,” Viebranz said Sat­ur­day.

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