Thread: Thankful Tuesday
#1 Thankful Tuesday06-17-2008, 08:49 AM
With all the horrible flooding going on in the MidWest I'm just thankful that
we don't live near the Mississippi!! The flooding has been in the paper for days of course and today was no exception. Pics showing towns we've driven through with streets under water with more to come.
TOTD: Do you feel sorry for people who build ON the rivers? This can also apply to the coast lines.
I don't. If you build a house next to the Mississippi guess what? It's gonna flood at some point. Duh.
Same with people who have houses on the coast, example FL. I'd love to have one too but I'd be sure I could replace it since a hurricane is a certainty.
06-17-2008, 09:25 AM
The road to Grafton, Illinois and Pere Marqette Park, the River Road, is now closed. The floodgates at the STL riverfront are closed. The President Casino is closed, because it is moored on the Mississippi and the floodgates are closed.
TOTD I don't feel sorry for the folks who are in places that traditionally flood. I do feel sorry for those with no flood insurance who are in places that have NEVER flooded. They did due diligence, but are caught by one of those 500 year events.
If you build on a coast or next to a river, you can expect to be flooded. There was someone interviewed on local tv who had a touristy place on the River Road on the way to Grafton, Illinois, who said they expected to be flooded, but the place was a gold mine in good weather. I respected the honesty there.
SonnabendGuest06-17-2008, 09:54 AMTOTD: Do you feel sorry for people who build ON the rivers? This can also apply to the coast lines.
They know that floods will come and are prepared.The Nymboida, the Murrumbidgee, the Nepean, we know they will overflow in winter..no problem.
06-17-2008, 10:16 AM
*off topic* I have thought that the severely flooded part of New Orleans should have been made into a 'park', an RV park. With 'permanent'/long term living allowed on the strict condition that your rig is/can be ready to roll with 12 hours notice. And to expect evacuation notices during 'hurricane season'. But then, what do I know :p , as I am a firm adherent of "Garage Logic".
We happen, on purpose, to live at a 50' elevation above the flood stage of both the St.Croix River (10 miles away) and the Kinnickinnic River (1 mile away). The only thing we really fear is a direct hit from a tornado... :eek: and/or maybe wildfire."If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers
06-17-2008, 10:47 AM
It will be in the upper 80s today with a slight chance of rain. We are all laughing at the idiots in Denver who are attempting to fine and/or jail some poor woman who has 3 beehives in her yard. I guess they've completely solved all those gang problems and gotten all the drunk illegal aliens off the roads.
TOTD: I don't feel really broken up about the riverside or coastal people. You have to plan for these things because they do happen. Nobody here builds up against creeks or rivers because of the flash flooding. We have a similar situation with wildfire. People build houses right next to trees (or sometimes build decks around trees) and fail to maintain fire breaks. Then they lose everything when lightening strikes 5 miles away and the wildfires zoom through the woods.
06-17-2008, 12:09 PM
Ginger, I suspect you have a well tended firebreak around your place.
06-17-2008, 07:09 PM"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." H.P. Lovecraft in Supernatural Horror in Literature
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