From: ``Marus, Robert (EOM)``
Date: August 20, 2012 2:46:36 PM EDT
To: ``Marus, Robert (EOM)``
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Announce Establishment of Flooding Prevention Task Force for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAExecutive Office of the MayorOffice of CommunicationsMEDIA ADVISORYFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 20, 2012CONTACTS: Doxie McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691; Doxie.McCoy @ dc.govTony Robinson (OCA) 202.724.5541; Tony.Robinson1 @ dc.govMayor Vincent C. Gray to Announce Establishment of Flooding Prevention Task Force for Bloomingdale and LeDroit ParkTask Force to Recommend Strategies to Mitigate Effects of Floods that Follow Heavy RainsWHAT/WHO:Mayor Vincent. C. Gray, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, representatives from D.C. Water and District government agencies, and residents of the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods will announce the establishment of a task force charged with finding ways to prevent flooding in the area.WHEN: Tuesday, August 21, 201211:30 a.m.WHERE: Shae Kims Memorial Park111 Florida Avenue NW(triangle bordered by Florida Avenue, R Street and 1st Street NW)BACKGROUND: During a two-week period in July, low-lying portions of the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods were inundated three times by flood waters following heavy downpours. Significant property damage resulted from water and raw sewage backing up into homes and businesses in the area. Aging drainage infrastructure in these and nearby communities has been a recurring problem over the past 20 years, and the new task force will help create mitigation strategies to prevent future flooding.
# # #Follow Mayor Gray on Facebook and Twitter!Follow Mayor Gray on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MayorVinceGray and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MayorGray+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Robert P. MarusSenior Writer/EditorOffice of CommunicationsExecutive Office of the Mayor1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 310Washington, DC 20004202.727.6853 (direct line)202.262.6554 (BlackBerry)202.727.1977 (fax)Robert.Marus @ dc.gov