A D.C. Councilmember says the city intends to address drainage issues near the Cleveland Park Metro station after storm waters gushed down the station's stairway and escalator on Tuesday.
Mary Cheh, councilmember for Ward 3, said flooding in Cleveland Park is an "ongoing issue that needs to be addressed."
“This is something that I’ve been working on for some time, but the challenges of coordinating between three entities—DDOT, DC Water, and WMATA--frustrated the process. But, at long last, I think we’re going to see some significant movement to address the problem,” Cheh said in a release.
Within the next two months, the District Department of Transportation is expected to begin formulating a plan for the area along Connecticut Avenue between Quebec and Macomb streets. Cheh said that process will take about nine months.
DDOT will then reduce street flooding by upgrading the drainage systems, rebuilding drainage structure and improving stormwater retention, Cheh said. The project will also include raising Metro's ventilation grates above flooding levels and other possible improvements for the station.
Until then, Cheh said DDOT is working with WMATA and D.C. Water to take temporary precautions against flooding like putting sandbags around the ventilation grates.