: News

Search for WSSC Inspection Records Comes up Empty

Play associated audio

Inspection records for the water main that burst and flooded River Road in Bethesda Maryland last year are still missing, despite a three-month search. The main that burst last December dated back to 1965. The break in December left several people trapped in cars. They had to be rescued by helicopter and boat. After the flood, investigators determined that the main had been laid incorrectly.

Since then, officials have been looking for the original inspection records. The records were supposed to help identify other lines that could have similar problems. But the Washington Post reports the WSSC has come up empty handed.

A spokesman for the commission tells the paper the records could have been thrown away when a storage room was cleaned out in March or April. That was before the search began. Though he says the records may have been discarded years ago. The commission only has to keep them for 2 years.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 4, 2015

You can see two exhibits and rub elbows with the artists behind the work.
NPR

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.
NPR

Privacy Advocates To Senate Cyber Security Bill

The Senate is considering a bill to make it easier for businesses and the government to share data about cyber threats. Proponents say it would enhance security; opponents call it surveillance.
NPR

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.