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Flood Prevention Task Force

Flood Prevention Task Force

Recent rainfalls in the District resulted in significant flooding and sewer system backups in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods.  In response, the Mayor has formed a task force to investigate the causes of these problems and to develop recommendations for actions that may be taken by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), other District agencies, and residents to reduce the future likelihood of flooding and sewer system backups in these neighborhoods.
                                                                                                                                                                              
The task force is composed of District government officials and residents of the impacted neighborhoods and is co-chaired by the City Administrator.

Meeting Schedule

Watch Task Force Meetings

Bloomingdale Rain Barrel Installation Update

Homeowners who wish to have a rain barrel installed on their property may still submit a request.  To sign up, homeowners simply need to call (202) 535-2252 or email wpd.intern@dc.gov with their name, address, and contact information.  Before a rain barrel can be installed, DDOE will make arrangements to meet you at your home and conduct a stormwater audit.  The purpose of the audit is to ensure that the rain barrel is situated properly and is the appropriate size. Once the audit is completed the information will be sent to DC Greenworks to schedule installation.

DC Greenworks began installing the 130 gallon RiverSides barrels on Thursday, November 1st and will be ramping up installation of these barrels during the week of November 5th and beyond.  Homeowners who have had a stormwater audit completed by DDOE and is expecting a barrel will receive a call or email from DC Greenworks to schedule this installation in one to three weeks.  The RainBox rain barrels shipment is expected during the week of November 5th.  Homeowners expecting the installation of this type of barrel can expect a call or email to schedule installation in the next two to three weeks.

More information is provided below and on the DC Water website. 

Flood Prevention Task Force Final Report

The Mayor's Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park has prepared a comprehensive report that examines the existing conditions, in those neighborhoods, and proposes actions for DC Water, other District agencies and District residents to reduce the likelihood or severity of flooding and its consequences.  The PDF Version of the Final Report has been separated into sections to help users quickly download preferred components.