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“What Happens When a Superstorm Hits D.C.?”

by Prince Of Petworth September 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Stewart

First we freak out, then we name it, then we start compiling happy hour specials obviously.

Gulp. Thanks to a reader for passing on this story from Rolling Stone:

“When the big storm hits D.C., the resulting disaster may not kill as many as Katrina, or flood as much physical real estate as Harvey, but the toll it takes on American institutions will be unfathomable. The storm will paralyze many of the agencies that operate and defend the nation, raising the specter of national-security threats.

Heavy rains over the headwaters of the Potomac released a deluge into the city 13 times between 1877 and 1996. The most notable floods were 1936, when the Potomac destroyed every single bridge but one along a 185-mile stretch, and 1942, when the river inundated the National Mall.”

Full report here.

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