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Emergency Waterway Route Is Prepared

D.C. Would Get Supplies From Landing Craft. The American Red Cross has developed a plan to ferry emergency supplies and vehicles to Washington over waterways using military-style landing craft in case the region’s roads and bridges are closed or damaged during a terrorist attack. The relief agency’s National Capital Area chapter seeks to test the feasibility of landing vehicles at 10 points along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers in the District, Virginia and Maryland in coming weeks. The 74-foot steel craft could carry ambulances, food kitchens, communications vehicles or other gear. “In the event of a catastrophic event or high-level emergency in Washington D.C., transportation corridors will become blocked at levels even worse than those experienced during standard rush hour,” a Red Cross planning document states. Overland traffic would face an “additional burden . . . should any one of the river crossings be damaged or destroyed.” Full Story

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