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VA - Army Corps releases plan to reduce storm damage and flooding in Northern Virginia

Whenever Washington, D.C. area expects severe storms with heavy rain and damaging winds, you can also expect some flooding -- but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with other partners, is working on ways to reduce storm damage.

WASHINGTON (7News) — Whenever Washington, D.C. area expects severe storms with heavy rain and damaging winds, you can also expect some flooding -- but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with other partners, is working on ways to reduce storm damage.

USACE published a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine whether the implementation of coastal storm risk management (CSRM) measures would reduce coastal flood risk to critical public and private infrastructure along the west bank of the Potomac River in Northern Virginia.

The proposed plan includes a floodwall at the Arlington Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) and a levee and floodwall in the community of Belle Haven.

The study area encompasses approximately 76 square miles within the Middle Potomac watershed boundary, from Arlington County south to include a portion of Prince William County.

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"This study is a result of extensive planning and modeling efforts evaluating coastal storm risk management measures along the Potomac River,” said Baltimore District Commander Col. Estee Pinchasin. “The public release of this report marks a study milestone that the USACE team and our partners at MWCOG have been working towards for several years. We welcome all feedback and are excited to engage with the public as we continue working together to reduce coastal storm risk in Northern Virginia.”

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