Many D.C. Federal Properties in a Flood Plain
The greatest concentration of federal civilian buildings owned or operated by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) located in a flood plain is in Washington, D.C., according to documents obtained by Bloomberg News through a government-records request.
In Washington, the list of properties in the 100-year flood plain includes the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department, the government data shows. The EPA’s headquarters alone has sustained $1.6 million in flood or wind damage over the past decade.
Unlike homeowners with federally backed mortgages, government buildings in flood zones aren’t required to carry flood insurance. So, when those buildings get flooded, taxpayers shoulder the cost.
The headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency—the agency responsible for responding to floods, hurricanes and other disasters—sits just outside the floodplain.