Washington — The last major solar eclipse in the continental U.S. is scheduled to begin on Aug. 21, and Americans have begun making preparations for it.
But the nation’s largest cities are at a distinct disadvantage because of a looming flood plain that will restrict public access and could disrupt traffic.
The flood plain is a vast swath of land in the central U.K. that extends from the River Thames to the border with England, a stretch of land that has been affected by severe flooding in recent years.
It is home to some of the country’s busiest roads and airports, which has made it a natural landing point for hundreds of millions of people from across the country.
While the U.N. says there are nearly 5 million acres of flood plain in the U