Brown gets firsthand experience with disaster recovery
Brown's Prince George's County home was one of the 820,000 that lost power when Hurricane Irene barreled through the state over the weekend. While the power was out, Brown's automatic basement pump stopped working.
He estimated two inches of water have filled the basement and guessed that the carpeting would have to be ripped out.
"We are not immune to reality," Brown said. "It is what it is. We will get through it."
Brown said that he's planning to fill out insurance forms and he's kicking himself for failing to buy a generator after the basement flooded last time -- during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.