- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
Gray addresses Northwest D.C. flooding problems
Question of the Day
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a trio of short-term measures on Friday aimed at mitigating the impact of severe flooding that has damaged homes in the Bloomingdale and Le Droit Park neighborhoods this summer during bouts of intense rainfall.
A task force formed to address the problem has decided to analyze storm drains in the area and install new ones if needed, install “storm water-retention features” to lessen runoff in heavy rain and help residents install rain barrels around their homes to collect runoff from their roofs.
The measures were outlined after D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Democrat, repeatedly called for immediate action this week to help his constituents. Rainstorms as recent as Sunday and an outdated sewer system have combined to flood homes, cause raw sewage to back flow up drains and toilets and stall motorists who find themselves in deep water along Rhode Island and Florida avenues.
“These are good first steps, obviously,” Mr. McDuffie said Friday.
However, the lawmaker said he is still pushing for a relief fund to help residents whose homes flooded and had to throw out damaged property. He said the replacement of a century-old sewer system may not be a quick fix but argued immediate steps should have been taken after the first severe storms in July.
“It should have happened weeks ago,” he said. “But it’s good to see they are taking action.”
Mr. McDuffie called for an “all hands on deck” effort to stem the flooding after the mid-summer storms, prompting Mr. Gray to assemble a task force to study the problem and report its findings by Dec. 31.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Tom Howell Jr. covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.
- House panel OKs resolution to sue president for Obamacare delays
- Contrasting judgments on Obama's health care hours apart; appeals court calls subsidies unlawful
- New Democratic caucus will pressure GOP governors to expand Medicaid
- Insurers cough up refunds to subscribers under Obamacare ‘80-20 rule’
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
President Obama wants everyone but himself to pay more taxes
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- Brian Kelly, Notre Dame ready for different route to title
- Russia shipping sophisticated weapons systems to Ukraine separatists
- Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, asks donors for 'big, fat check'
- Ted Nugent loses second casino gig for 'racist remarks'
- White House readies for House GOP impeachment push: 'Foolish' to ignore
- EDITORIAL: Detroit's water 'spigot bigots'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq