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MLK Memorial dedication is postponed, thanks to Hurricane Irene

August 26, 2011 - 08:50 AM
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(Photo: MLKMemorial.org)

So much for all these intense transportation plans for this Sunday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication has been canceled, postponed indefinitely due to the heavy rain and winds we're likely to see this weekend — and beginning this afternoon according to hourly weather reports. The real weather party won't get started until mid-Saturday. 

All the road closures announced from DDOT and the expanded service hours from Metro will no longer apply. Metro says trains will begin running at 7 a.m. Sunday at regular weekend intervals but adds that no weekend track work is planned and that all weather preparation will continue as announced yesterday.

Please disregard previously announced road closures for #MLKMemorial dedication & other weekend events.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

What people are preparing for, as you no doubt are doing yourself, is Hurricane Irene, a beast that's coming straight for the East Coast. Metro is inspecting pumps, equipping select vehicles (not trains) with chainsaws, and distributing more than 2,000 sandbags to stations at risk of flooding. D.C. residents are buying up water from grocery stores about now. Each household is entitled to five sandbags from the city.

How much money will be lost from rescheduling all the MLK Memorial ceremonies? How much will Hurricane Irene ultimately cost the city? How secure are the Capital Bikeshare stations in heavy weather like this? DDOT's looking into that last question now. We're still waiting.

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