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Flickr photo of the day: Leaks in Washington

Michael Clemmer
Compass
July 2, 2013

In Washington, D.C., there are leakers and there are leaks. The former get prosecuted and the latter drip water down on the dysfunctional Congress that was elected to work for the good of the country. As of last August there were 1,300 known leaks in the dome of the U.S. Capitol and Congress was, of course, squabbling over appropriating the money to fix them.

What we see today is an 1866 cast iron replacement of the wood-and-copper original. Over the past 140 years tiny cracks have allowed rain to seep into the dome, stain its interior and damage the dome’s fresco – The Apotheosis of Washington. Because it had also become a public safety issue (for congresspeople?), enough funding was agreed upon to get basic repairs under way.

Photo by Lil Castner

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