A section of West 42nd Street flooded last week after a gas main broke, ending an 8-day stretch of non-stop rain and raising questions about whether city water main breaks are more frequently experienced during downpours.
More than 2 inches of rain fell in downtown Washington last week, peaking on May 25 with nearly 4 inches of rain. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings and issued various river watches and flood advisories across the region.
How heavy rain caused the Mackenzie Street #DACollege building’s bike lane to collapse is a common issue for Washington. Photo by Eric Oliver. https://t.co/BjY40N9TUI pic.twitter.com/qt1xclxd6X — Metro Transit Police (@MTrad_Police) May 28, 2018
Officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is responsible for the airport, said the local storms have caused local airports to see more stormwater runoff per year. Local airports in the region have higher rainfall totals than regional air hubs in Hampton Roads, Va., officials said.
In April, the agency raised rates, but said in a statement that local airports in the region must meet “global water quality standards.”
At the root of this is the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the region’s largest airports, and how the agency funds the project. Federal law requires the airport authority to allocate money for maintenance and preservation of airport-owned buildings.
The most federal funds received by the airport authority between 2012 and 2017 was $140 million.
Of that, almost two-thirds of the money goes to local airports in the area.