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    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.
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    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.
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    TOTD: Do you feel sorry for people who build ON the rivers? This can also apply to the coast lines.
    Here? No..because those that do are part of the integrated plan we have for floods..and the neighbours rally round. We plan to a fare thee well, plans within plans, contingencies and everything organised.

    They know that floods will come and are prepared.The Nymboida, the Murrumbidgee, the Nepean, we know they will overflow in winter..no problem.
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    *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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    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.
    That brings to mind California and the wildfires. You'd think people would maintain the fire breaks. The sad thing is the most beautiful locations to live generally are the most dangerous. There's a price to be paid for the tranquility most of the time.

    Ginger, I suspect you have a well tended firebreak around your place.
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    That brings to mind California and the wildfires. You'd think people would maintain the fire breaks. The sad thing is the most beautiful locations to live generally are the most dangerous. There's a price to be paid for the tranquility most of the time.

    Ginger, I suspect you have a well tended firebreak around your place.
    Luckily, the area around my house is not subject to wildfires - too much open space. Grassfires are annoying but not dangerous where I live.

    You hit the nail on the head, though. Up close and personal scenery is often inherently dangerous. People just don't believe it can happen to them.
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    http://www.wavewatch.com/Live-Surf-C...=20&RegionID=7

    Crappy surf this morning - SW swell is weak. Should be 80 here today, with little wind.

    TOTD: I don’t feel bad for those in the flood plane. You’d have to be really dumb not to see that in your escrow documents. Like buying next to a freeway and then bitching about the noise. Just pay your ridiculous insurance premiums and take your chances. People of means here in California are well aware of the risks and do just that.
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    Gorgeous day here for a change. Light winds, cooler and sunny as heck.

    TOTD

    I am recusing myself.

    Having dealt all the last week with folks who's homes and lives were destroyed, my emotions are in conflict with my logic circuits right now. :o
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    TOTD: Do you feel sorry for people who build ON the rivers? This can also apply to the coast lines.

    Not at all. The coast line builders are particularly annoying to me. They buil houses right up to the waters edge, then a hurricane comes along and, for the most part, they expect the rest of us to pick up the tab for them to rebuild. Then they want us to stay off of "their" beach.

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