Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Dark & Stormy Nights

Posted in Generalities, In DC at 9:48 pm by graceandpoise

It’s been raining here for a few days. Actually even pouring at times. Impressive thunder and lightning too. Yes, I’ve been loving it.

The thing is, DC is neither accustomed to nor set up for serious rain like it’s seen in the past 72 hours or so. Drainage is an issue. Roads are closed, the subway system is all screwed up, some of the federal buildings are closed, and it’s just generally a logistical headache in a lot of ways. Rain like this, while not unremarkable, is certainly not newsworthy. Or so I thought. Everyone from the NY Times to the Seattle Times to CNN has apparently written stories on it. Happens all the time elsewhere, but I guess if it happens in DC, it’s got to be major news.

Just to let everyone know, though: we’re not all treading water over here – in fact, very few homes have even been affected. The worst damage I’ve seen personally was at FSI today. Sucks to be the tree, but the grass is already way greener than it was last week.


I still say rain is a blessing. Too much sometimes for a city’s commuters and a few low-lying buildings (and some trees), but a blessing nonetheless. I’m enjoying it while it lasts.


  1. Mom said,

    B –

    Isn’t it amazing that a day or two of rain shuts down the city on the east coast. They call it a hurricane, we call it a winter storm. Guess its all in what you are accustomed to.

  2. Alison said,

    Haha, I just came across this by accident, and your experience at FSI must have been a far cry from mine in DC that day. I spent about 2 hours wading – literally – through thigh-high water along the Mall from Foggy Bottom to my home in Capitol Hill. To say that “drainage is an issue” in DC is probably the understatement of the century. 🙂

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