Monday, August 20, 2012

establishment of a Flooding Prevention Task Force for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park

See this media announcement from earlier this afternoon:

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 COLUMBIA
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Communications
MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 20, 2012
CONTACTS: Doxie McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691; Doxie.McCoy @ dc.gov
Tony Robinson (OCA) 202.724.5541; Tony.Robinson1 @ dc.gov
Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Announce Establishment of Flooding Prevention Task Force for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park
Task Force to Recommend Strategies to Mitigate Effects of Floods that Follow Heavy Rains
WHAT/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, 2012
11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Shae Kims Memorial Park
111 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.

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Robert P. Marus
Senior Writer/Editor
Office of Communications
Executive Office of the Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20004
202.727.6853 (direct line)
202.262.6554 (BlackBerry)
Robert.Marus @ dc.gov

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