by Tim Regan October 2, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

sandbags, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/DC Water is currently distributing sandbags to residents who live in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale ahead of possible flooding, the city agency announced today in a press release.

DC Water personnel are currently distributing the sandbags at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Only customers who live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and on the 900 block of P Street NW can receive a sandbag. Further, people who live in those neighborhoods may be asked to show proof of residency when picking up sandbags. Though proof of residency includes a driver’s license, anything with an address on it would suffice, said John Lisle, DC Water’s chief of external affairs.

The press release continues:

“As with any weather emergency, our crews will brave the elements to ensure that we continue to deliver our essential service,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins. “While we cannot control Mother Nature, we will do our best to keep our customers informed and respond to emergencies.”

The District’s drinking water treatment facilities — operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct — and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant are built to withstand the impact of a severe storm. Loss of electricity at an individual home or multi-unit building does not have an impact on the delivery of drinking water. If any service disruptions should occur, customers will be notified immediately through DC Water’s Alert System, local news media and social media platforms, including Twitter (@dcwater), Facebook (facebook.com/mydcwater) and Instagram (@myDCWater).

DC Water Emergency Preparedness Tips:
–       Sign up for text or email alerts at dcwater.com/workzones
–       Report clogged storm drains by calling the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.
–       Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
–       Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water.
–       For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit dcwater.com/education/preparedness.cfm.

Cropped photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/

by Tim Regan October 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/Regardless of whether Hurricane Joaquin visits D.C., the city is bracing for heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said today in a press release that the mayor has been briefed by the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and city leaders on the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin and the District’s readiness. According to the the release, HSEMA will hold “twice daily briefings” with National Weather Service and agency officials on storm preparation.

The National Weather Service said yesterday that D.C. and the surrounding area could see anywhere from two to five inches of rain between tomorrow and Monday morning.

How can you prepare for the wet weather? Bowser tweeted earlier today that D.C. residents should “take a few mins to clear debris from any storm drains” to avoid basement flooding like the kind seen in Shaw in June.

Likewise, DC Water has urged its customers to prepare for flooding by reporting clogged catch basins near their homes.

While most experts say there’s no need to panic just yet — I’m looking at you, Virginia — the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding region until Saturday evening.

In other words, if you live in a flood-prone part of town, prepare for leaky basements. But maybe wait a while before going nuts on the toilet paper, bread and milk.

Photo via Flickr/ vlsergey

by Tim Regan July 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm 0

Rainbow_DC_Borderstan

(Updated at 7:11 p.m.) It looks like the worst of the weather is behind us.

Still, the Borderstan coverage area may see a few spotty storms as we head into the evening hours.

Earlier this afternoon, the National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm and a flash flood warning amid a storm that dumped about an inch of rain on the D.C. area.

Though the storms gave way to sunny skies, the NWS says there’s still a chance some storms could roll our way before 1 a.m.

by Tim Regan June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to the D.C. area late tonight and tomorrow, and that might mean more flooding for some in Shaw.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding areas starting around 2 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Last week, several P Street NW residents spoke their concerns regarding recent flooding in Shaw.

Tom Lisle, a spokesperson for D.C. Water, said heavy downpours are more likely to tax the city’s “undersized” sewer system.

“The sewers, for really intense rainstorms, don’t have enough capacity,” Lisle said last week.

A fix is on the way, said Lisle, but not until 2022 when the planned Northeast Boundary Tunnel is completed.

ANC 2F is expected to address flooding concerns at its monthly meeting in Thomas Circle next Wednesday.

Residents who experience flooding or see standing water and clogged storm drains are asked to call D.C. Water’s 24-hour command center at 202-612-3400.

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