Flooding of C & O Canal does nearly $3 million in damage
Heavy rainfall in March that burst the C & O Canal and contributed to major flooding of the Georgetown Waterfront caused damage that will cost about $2.8 million to repair, WTOP is reporting. The estimate comes from the National Park Service, which did not report where funding for repairs would come from.
Flooding began in mid-March, where locks in the Canal began to fail under pressure from heavy rainfall. The Potomac River rose 3-4 feet in most places during the storms, and 5-10 feet along the Georgetown Waterfront. Old Town Alexandria and sections of the Mount Vernon Bike Trail went underwater, too.
The damage includes a broken lock about a mile upstream of D.C. and the huge amount of mud, silt, and debris that the flooding deposited along the banks of the Potomac.
Via We Love DC
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