DC Building a Levee to Protect SW and SE Neighborhoods

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From a Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Press Release:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will make opening remarks today at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Levee Groundbreaking at 10:00 a.m. at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, after securing $5.8 million for construction of the levee. Recently, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated its 1985 Flood Insurance Rate Map, which identifies Special Flood Hazard Areas in the District of Columbia and throughout the U.S. The map outlines potential flood zones in the SE and SW areas of the District, surrounding the U.S. Capitol and monuments, and required residents within the 100-year flood zones to obtain flood insurance, temporarily, until a portable levee is constructed in the area around 17th Street and Constitution Avenue.”

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  • Drove my chevy to the levee, But the levee was dry.

  • When the levee breaks, I’ll have no place to stay.

  • ah

    My question is whether the levees will actually protect anyone or if the ACE is simply claiming they will.

  • What are they protecting? The Capitol and the WM are on giant hills. The Lincoln is likewise substantially above the river bank. If they’re worried about the Jefferson, they should build flood walls like Washington Harbor has. I sort of assume FDR would survive a flood.

    (And if you want to read more about a seriously flooded Washington DC, plus zoo animals roaming free in Rock Creek Park, check out “Forty Days of Rain” by Kim Stanley Robinson)

  • oh God! Please don’t let the Army Corps build any more levees! They don’t know what they’re doing and they lie about the quality of the work they *have* done. Just ask the victims of the Federal Flood (aka Katrina)

    • The proposed leveel is a joke. It will be earthen on either side of 17th street. When a flood comes, the Park Service is going to hall out a bunch of steel panels and posts and put it together erector set style.

      If you live in or near the special flood hazard area, buy flood insurance.

  • here come the FEMA trailers.

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