On Monday, Washington DC received a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, causing a flooding emergency that left commuters in hazardous conditions. Roads turned into rivers and basements into pools as the torrential rains overwhelmed the city’s storm-water system.
The record-setting cloudburst unleashed four inches of water in a single hour, way too much for a paved-over, heavily populated urban area to cope with at the height of the morning rush.
The rushing water stranded scores of people in their vehicles, poured into businesses and the Metro system, submerged cars in parking lots, swamped basements and caused some roads to cave in, forming massive sinkholes.
Experts believe this is yet another reminder of how the climate change is making weather conditions more extreme.