Skip to main content

After a short but unusually severe thunderstorm that roared through the D.C. area on Friday night, the entire Washington Metropolitan Area was thrown into chaos.

Three days later, countless traffic lights are still out, hundreds of thousands of residents are without power, including myself, grocery stores and gas station are closed for lack of power, and the federal government is encouraging employees to telework.

From WaPo:

The Washington region braced for a sweltering workweek and challenging commutes on Monday, with hundreds of traffic lights still dark, temperatures expected to climb into the 90s and nearly a half-million area households still without power.
Is this the work of a terrible terrorist attack? No, it is the complete disaster non-preparedness a decade after 9/11. Despite the fact that billions if not trillions have been spent since 9/11 on counter-terrorism and so-called "homeland security" measures, one of the major terrorist targets, the nation's capital, cannot cope with a severe thunderstorm.  

I received a message from PEPCO that most D.C.-area residents may not have power until next Friday at 11:00 pm - a full week after the storm hit. With temperatures this week set for the mid to upper-90s, that is a long time for residents to be with air conditioning, or fans, or refrigerators.

Two years ago, the Washington Post's comprehensive examination of the billions of taxpayer dollars spent on "homeland security," "Top Secret America," reflected that the D.C. metropolitan area was burgeoning with infrastructure, though apparently none of it focused on keeping the D.C.-area up and  running after a severe thunderstorm.

Though the storm Friday was, as all the news outlets are repeating, an "unusually severe" thunderstorm, the same thing happened in 2003 with Hurricane Isabel - the thousands of D.C.-area residents were left without power for an entire week.
(I won't even get started on the climate change deniers.)

I am not the only D.C. taxpayer wondering, where are billions in "critical infrastructure" protection and "homeland security?" They are not going toward obvious solutions like putting power lines underground.

The D.C. area's responsiveness to unexpected events has not improved, but taxpayers' pockets have been drained to create an entire secret city of "national security" in northern Virginia. Making sure citizens have food and power in an emergency should be a top priority, not a distant second to security theater like taking our shoes off before getting on an airplane.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

skybluewater, dstein, bink, Alumbrados, Ed in Montana, cslewis, Mimikatz, jo fish, northsylvania, RF, GulfExpat, PhilK, Radiowalla, ogre, copymark, glitterscale, Gooserock, Danno11, PeterHug, wytcld, Shockwave, LuvSet, lysias, dsb, Pompatus, xynz, mzinformed, bilge, RFK Lives, Heart of the Rockies, opinionated, TheMomCat, BlackSheep1, wonkydonkey, nyceve, stevej, roses, JuliaAnn, ornerydad, suzq, RLF, tidalwave1, minorityusa, emmasnacker, sockpuppet, pat bunny, Tracker, gerrilea, Damnit Janet, peternight, defluxion10, hazzcon, raster44, zerelda, meagert, KayCeSF, Steven D, Emmy, solesse413, Josiah Bartlett, Armand451, oortdust, joanneleon, maybeeso in michigan, pacplate, Tinfoil Hat, NoMoreLies, jrooth, chimene, Militarytracy, mike101, Irons33, ChemBob, Brooke In Seattle, chidmf, Dobber, reflectionsv37, eru, lennysfo, LNK, SaraBeth, Dem Beans, GreyHawk, Burned, lotlizard, skyounkin, Hastur, sodalis, Joes Steven, turdraker, bunsk, Cory Bantic, Rogneid, peacestpete, Ekaterin, mightymouse, xanthippe2, CJnyc, Jim P, martini, esquimaux, BachFan, myboo, Yellow Canary, cookseytalbott, Dvalkure, blueoasis, triv33, MJ via Chicago, philipmerrill, gooderservice, Libby Shaw, JVolvo, NearlyNormal, Preston S, tommyfocus2003, middleagedhousewife, CA Nana, lynneinfla, shaharazade, Mr Horrible, kurious, Bernie68, sea note, AntKat, One Pissed Off Liberal, old wobbly, Cronesense, SpecialKinFlag, ColoTim, bfbenn, gloriana, Stwriley, profewalt, FishOutofWater, aliasalias, bnasley, artisan, Kentucky Kid, HCKAD, jayden, bobswern, uciguy30, GeorgeXVIII, leonard145b, conniptionfit, Don midwest, jwinIL14, MKinTN, rogerdaddy, mamamedusa, Youffraita, Tchrldy, dadadata, lineatus, wagdog, jamess, mikeconwell, Calamity Jean, icebergslim, pickandshovel, triplepoint, envwq, mofembot, Gemina13, petulans, MarkVA71, BYw, pelagicray, shortgirl, statsone, MrsTarquinBiscuitbarrel, Florene, McGahee220, divineorder, CanyonWren, WakeUpNeo, dRefractor, petral, mdmslle, Leftcandid, Renie57, The Jester, fidellio, freeport beach PA, Eddie L, samanthab, pixxer, Puddytat, Funkygal, Johnny Q, Betty Pinson, elengul, Shelleyw, science nerd, Onomastic, Jane Lew, Hill Jill, pb3550, asterkitty, thomask, smoothnmellow, SueM1121, Grandma Susie, worldlotus, PhilJD, sound of progress, Hayate Yagami, blue aardvark, rscopes, DRo, Kathleen McClellan, DEMonrat ankle biter, Only Needs a Beat, Tentwenty, WhistleblowerAdvocate, mwcjim, OldDragon, wretchedhive, anodnhajo, greenbastard, molecularlevel, joanil, 420 forever, 2thanks, Horace Boothroyd III, Mike RinRI, reginahny, cassandracarolina, David Kaib, FrY10cK, Diane Gee, Melanie in IA, Windowpane, deconite, CalBearMom, Blue Dream, DamselleFly, Panacea Paola, Bud Fields, Vienna Blue, entrelac, Laura Wnderer, Demeter Rising, Kat123, SC Lib

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site