The issue if whether or not the District of Columbia is ready for potential snowfall inside the Beltway will be discussed at 11 a.m. during a D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment public hearing.
The committee; chaired by Mary Cheh, Ward 3 council member; will review the District’s snow readiness plans with testimony from Bill Howland, Director, Department of Public Works, Matt Ross, a meteorologist with The Post, and Christopher Strong, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Winter is often a difficult time of year because many area residents still remember “Snowmaggedon" of 2010, and of course, there are continued thoughts about it happening again. An estimated 18-28 inches of snow fell in the D.C. metro region. The city was shutdown for a few days, but eventually many residents had to get out and get back to work. Traffic was chaotic, city services were in shambles, and several pockets of the District went without power because of downed power lines.
So the D.C. Council is attempting to be proactive and look at looming questions related to snow removal budgets and city preparedness.
The hearing will take place in Room 500, Council Chambers of the John A. Wilson Building (City Hall).
Washingtonians generally go overboard when preparing for emergencies like increased snowfall. Residents pack their local grocery stores and buy anything insight, as if they are preparing for a two-week trip across a deserted wilderness; and put their purchases in their SUVs, a vehicle that'd you'd expect would mike light work of the snow; yet, they still managed to turn these state named avenues into parking lots of gridlock. The massive snowfall of 2010 resulted in over 4,000 automobile accidents.
Just before Tuesday's hearing, a government official remarked that while the city is making plans at being prepared for all emergencies, it also needs help from Washingtonians by being prepared and aware of their surroundings during the snow emergencies…meaning to have enough food, water, the ability to stay as warm as possible, and to avoid going outside unless necessary.