Is D.C. Ready for a 500-Year Storm Event?

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View of the Washington Navy Yard during the 1936 Potomac River flood, U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

A panel of experts discuss how Washington, D.C., is planning for the possibility of a 500-year storm, so named for a flood that has a 1-in-500 chance of happening in a single year and seen in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. How would D.C.’s infrastructure hold up? What changes are being planned to help mitigate potential damages?

Speakers include:
Kevin J. Bush, chief resilience officer, Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Gowen, branch chief of facility operations, National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Virginia Tech professor, director of the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
Stephen Walz, director, Department of Environmental Programs, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

This program will be presented at the Museum and livestreamed.

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30–8 pm


National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 2001

Metro: Red Line, Judiciary Square

The program will also be livestreamed.

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