WASHINGTON (WUSA) - A flood prevention task force will study the causes of flooding and find solutions for the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods in D.C., says Mayor Vincent Gray. Homes and businesses were damaged when the area flooded three times in July.
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The mayor is establishing the task force to "study the causes of, and short- and medium-term solutions to, frequent street flooding and sewer backups in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods," according to a press release.
According to Gray, "While D.C. Water has already been working on long-term solutions, this panel will help us bring about short- and medium-term mitigation strategies."
City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins will co-chair the task force. Other members include council members Kenyan McDuffie and Jim Graham, DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, District Department of the Environment Director Christophe Tulou, Department of Public Works Director William Howland, D.C. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Geldart, Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Director Nicholas Majett, D.C. Department of Health Director Dr. Saul Levin, and Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking Director William White.
In addition, four members will be residents of the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park communities. Mayor Gray appointed one resident from each neighborhood, and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and Councilmember Jim Graham will each appoint one.
The task force will have to give a written report to the mayor by December 31.