Mayor Gray, DC officials push flood-prevention efforts

D.C. leaders are updating the public on efforts to prevent flooding in two northwest DC neighborhoods.

A task-force blamed an outdated sewer system for storm-related flooding in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park area. DDOT will soon begin work to install a sewer line under Rhode Island Ave. to help remove storm water. The city is also reworking Mcmillian Filtration plant to capture millions of gallons of water.

"We will begin the installation of a five foot wide sewer line in the median of the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue Northwest," explained Mayor Gray. { } "This drainage pipe will remove water from roadway so it can be released it a much more systematic way."

While the crews work to put in the new sewer line, the center lane in each direction along Rhode island will be shut down. The project is expected to be completed by Labor Day or sooner.