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DC Building a Levee to Protect SW and SE Neighborhoods

by Prince Of Petworth November 15, 2010 at 10:30 am 12 Comments

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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.”

  • Don McLean

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

  • Foodie Luvah

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

    • ah

      Crying won’t help you, praying won’t do you no good.

  • ah

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

    • Anonymous

      From someone who works in this world: +100000000.

  • mark

    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)

    • Anonymous

      from the posting “residents within the 100-year flood zones”

    • Anonymous

      This may sound funny, but the flood waters make a right turn and run up constitution toward the capital then cross the mall and flood the area of SW near the new ball park.

      That area is what used to be Tiber Creek and is very susceptible to flooding – the IRS building actually flooded 3 or 4 years ago.

      Check out the DC floomap here:


  • Take the hint

    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)

    • Anonymous

      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.

      • ah

        Well, that’s required anyway.

  • andy

    here come the FEMA trailers.


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