|Frederick MD's Baker Park on Monday (source Frederick News Post)|
Fortunately, another article (a story published by WAMU, American University's radio station) in Washington, DC, did a much better job outlining both the evolution of the problem and the path going forward, as it is being laid out by FEMA and others. The WAMU story correctly points out that:
More importantly, the article lays out the specifics of the climate problem and describes what city government is doing to address it and plan for the future.
“The modeling will tell us where to prioritize, and where the areas are more bathtub-like within the District,” says Tommy Wells, director of the District Department of Energy and Environment. Wells says addressing those bathtub-like areas, where floodwaters can build up without draining, will be a major undertaking. It may require replacing some stormwater pipes with larger ones, and also rethinking other public areas that could hold water temporarily during an intense rainfall, keeping it from flooding homes and businesses. “That next park that we build or redo or refurbish — maybe we need to drop that park down two or three feet so that water will be held there in the event of a major storm,” says Wells.