1500 block of 33rd St.
The Potomac river is flooding. After basically an entire week of rain, the engorged river is bursting at the seams. Here in Georgetown that means mostly that the Washington Harbour complex is getting flooded. By the middle of the week all this water will be out to sea and the levels will be moving back down to normal. While impressive, it ultimately will not compare to some of the historic floods Georgetown’s had in the past.
The most recent flood that exceeds this current one came in 2011. Like this week’s that flood came from spring rains. But for comparison, the flood gauge at Point of Rocks Maryland reached just over 17 feet this year. In 2011 it reached 22.5 feet.
What was particularly memorable about the 2011 flood was that the managers of the Washington Harbour forgot to raise the flood walls. It was a really bad mistake:
The water completely filled the plaza and found its way into the garages below. Tenants were, shall we say, not pleased. Continue reading
Photo by Alyson Hurt.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- A nice twitter thread describing the routine behavior drivers demonstrate towards cyclists.
- Nice story of GU student walking across the stage for graduation after suffering paralyzing football injury. (We should still probably ban football though.)
Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day here in DC. And as it has the last couple years, Georgetown is participating in the festivities.
Bike to Work Day was started way back in 1956 by the League of American Cyclists. Recently it has grown in popularity, particularly in cities like DC that are putting serious efforts into encouraging those that can to consider riding around town on a bike.
How it works is that you register here and select a pit stop to stop at during your trip on Friday. These locations will have on hand “bike ambassadors” to answer any questions you have about biking and how to incorporate it more into your routine. Also, you’ll be entered to win prizes, such as a free bike. Plus there’s free food and drinks to help power your ride into work.
Like in previous years, Georgetown will have a pit stop at the intersection of K and Wisconsin. It will be open from 7:30 to 9:30 am.
You get some pretty good stuff, like the stuff GM got a few years ago: