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DC’s Poor Sandbagged in Flood Preparations

It’s a well-known twist of fate that the capital of the United States was built on malarial marshland. Major sites including the National Archives and the Jefferson Monument, the Justice Department and the IRS all stand on flood-prone ground near the Potomac River. During intense storms, the area around the National Mall acts like a bathtub, collecting runoff from across the city. The site has flooded many times over the years, most…
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by: Johanna Hoffman – Winter 2015

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