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DC Flood Awareness Week

DC Flood Awareness Week - June 3 - 9, 2023Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the week of June 3rd-9th as "DC Flood Awareness Week."

Read the full Mayoral Proclamation.

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Severe weather and flooding can happen at any time and the District has historically experienced significant flooding. It is critical that District residents stay alert and prepare for flooding. Join us for the District's annual Flood Awareness week, which consists of several days of programming to help District residents become more prepared for and resilient against flooding.

What is Flood Awareness Week? District Flood Awareness Week seeks to improve public knowledge of flooding and the potential threats for homeowners and renters. The campaign aims to empower District residents and business owners to mitigate their exposure to potential flooding through improved readiness and education. 

The professional will recommend the most useful and cost-effective resilience upgrades that would be a good fit for your home against flooding.  DOEE will install the upgrades at little to no cost to you.  Learn more and Sign up here! - Department of Energy & Environment


Event Date Start Time
Flood Resilience Art Exhibit June 02 6:00PM
SW Block Party in Lansburgh Park June 03 2:00PM
Thinking about Flooding and the Disability, Access, & Functional Needs Community June 05 12:00PM
Blue Plains Floodwall Mitigation Tour June 07 Invite Only
Get Covered: Flood Insurance – Do You Need It? June 08 7:00PM
Flood Insurance 101 with Insurance Agents June 09 12:00PM









Program Schedule - 2023 Flood Awareness Week 

Friday, June 2 | Flood Risk and Resilience Through Art

Artwork from all over the world exploring both process and the outcome, weaving together who and what belongs with us now and in the future related to the global climate change crisis.

Event: Flood Resilience Art Exhibit
In-person Location:  Culture House – 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC
Time: 6:00-9:00PM

About: This group exhibition titled ABOVE BELOW WATER---featuring the artists Monica Jahan Bose, Noel Kassewitz, Andrea Limauro, Benny Starr, and Sarah Cameron Sunde----takes a deeper look at the current global climate change crisis related to rising sea levels, culture, and how we stay connected. There will also be an opportunity to meet the artists on Sunday June 11th 2:00-4:00PM. Learn more about the exhibition and artist walkthrough on the website.

Contact: Beth Ferraro

Saturday, June 3 | Community Flood Resilience

Kicking off this awareness week with good fun, resources, and an opportunity to learn more about the new design of Lansburgh Park.

Event: Lansburgh Park Block Party
In-person Location:  Lansburgh Park – 1098 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC
Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Kick off DC Flood Awareness Week with a party celebrating the new Lansburgh Park Design and SW  & Point Flood Resilense Strategy  SW Block Party Lansburgh Park Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 2pm to 4pm Free BBQ - Live Music - Water Games - Obstacle Course - Family Fun Special Guest: Fox 5 and Washington Post's Matthew Capucci

Block party to celebrate community resilience and unveil the new Lansburgh Park designs that will make Southwest DC more resilient to flooding. Come and enjoy free food, music, entertainment, and activities for children. Speak with District agency staff and get information on District services.  Visit for more information.

Andrea Limauro


Check it out! 

Flooding in the District E-Learning Series

DOEE has developed a series of online seminars regarding flood risk in the District including flood control projects in the Watts Branch neighborhood. Key topics include flood preparedness, infrastructure improvements that could reduce flood risk, and the potential for “blue-green infrastructure” such as floodable parks, porous pavement, and curbside rain gardens to mitigate flooding.

Monday, June 5 | Emergency Planning Resources

This programming explores the resources and flood risk tools available to the public.

Event: Thinking about Flooding and the Disability, Access, & Functional Needs Community – Panel Discussion
Location: WebEx
Review the recording

About: Severe flooding events can have disproportionate effects on individuals with disabilities or others with access and/or functional needs. Join us for this panel discussion that will explore the issues these populations may face (transportation, evacuation, power loss, etc.), as well as effective preparedness actions and resources during a flood emergency. Panelists include:

  • Director Mathew McCollough (ODR)
  • Chief Mitchell Kannry (FEMS)
  • Albert Reed (Office of DC Lg-Term Care Ombudsman/Legal Counsel for the Elderly)
  • Dr. Rosemary McDonnell (HSEMA)

Contact: Rosemary McDonnell

Check it out! 

DC Flood Task Force

Established by the Office of City Administrator (OCA) in September 2021 to identify policies and project to bolster flood readiness while equitably protecting the District's residents and economy from the damage that floods can cause.

Learn more!

Wednesday June 7 | Resilience Network

Proposed Segments  D - 875-ft Jersey-Barrier Type Wall - Coodination with NRL/JBAB A - 1,060-ft sheet piles to raise elevation of existing seawall B - 1,490-Ft Cantiliever reinforced concrete retaining wall*  Existing Segments FDF - Portion of Final Dewatering Facility (FDF) C - 600-ft sheet piles with bulkhead gate filtration building FADF - Portion of Filtration and Disinfection Facility (FADF) ENRF - Wall Constructed as part of Enhanced Nitrogen Removal ProjectThe District is hosting hazard mitigation professionals from across the US to tour and learn more about the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Event: Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
Invite: Close

About: The Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest plant of its kind, serving over 2 million people in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. With Federal funding, the District is supporting the construction of a floodwall around the wastewater treatment plant. The wall will be built to account for predicted sea level rise and wave action, ensuring this vital asset is protected today and, in the years to come.

Visit the project website and watch a recent spotlight from the Resilient Cities Network for more information.

Contact: Vermecia Alsop

Check it out!

DISB Consumer Guide: Flood Insurance

Evaluate Your Need for Flood Insurance

DISB recently completed a dedicated flood awareness webpage to help residents and business owners assess their need for flood insurance.

Thursday, June 8 |  Know your Flood Risk

Understanding flood risk is vital to ensuring public safety. This programming explores the resources and flood risk tools available to the public. 

Event: Get Covered: Flood Insurance – Do You Need It?
Virtual Location: WebEx
In-person Location: Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center – 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, Washington, DC
Time: 7:00-8:00PM
Invite: Register 

About: Join us as we share valuable insights on how to prepare and protect your home and family from floods. We’ll cover these topics:

  • History of flooding in DC and current flood risk profile (DOEE)
  • Public alert systems, emergency preparedness, community resources (HSEMA)
  • Private insurance market (DISB)
  • Changes to National Flood Insurance Program that lower flood insurance premiums (FEMA) 

Josh Schnitzlein, DOEE

Friday, June 9 |  Risk and Resources

Understanding flood risk is vital to ensuring public safety. This programming explores the resources and flood risk tools available to the public.

Event: Flood Insurance 101 with Insurance Agents
Virtual Location: WebEx
Time: 12:00-1:00PM
Invite: Register

About: Our team of experts will share valuable insights on how the government can educate insurance agents relating to flooding, Risk Rating 2.0 and the NFIP. 

Event contact:
Josh Schnitzlein, DOEE

Highlights from last year's Flood Week

Additional Flooding Resources