Memphis Flood and Other Disasters

May 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm 10 comments

 Submitted by Good Ole Boy/Jim

  There will always be floods, fires and hurricanes. Should lives and homes be lost because of stupidity? There are just some places where homes and businesses should not be built.

  The flooding in Memphis Tennessee is a real tragedy for many people, it is the 10th highest water mark in their records. So it has flooded before and often. There are things called bluffs. They can be seen on either side of a river, sometimes miles away. They rise in elevation like the side of a hill then flatten up on top. The area between the bluffs is called a river bottom. This area floods. Most cities and towns flooding are in river or creek bottoms. At one time people had the sense to not live in river bottoms, they lived up on top of the bluff. They expected anything built near the water to be flooded and built accordingly. Now is not the case. Levees give some of these areas safety from floods but even they can fail as we saw years ago when the Mississippi was at a record book flood stage and in New Orleans after Katrina. Unscrupulous builders and ignorant home buyers cost taxpayers and increase home insurance rates for all.
 
Flooding is not the only thing that we all pay for. When you see houses burning in the California hills you will also see brush and trees burning. Species such as Monterey, Bishop, and Knobcone pines have adapted to produce pine cones which hold seeds locked by a resinous coating that is melted away by fire.  Other species of plants produce seeds which lie dormant in the seedbed and will germinate only after a fire heat-treats their seed coat and removes duff from the top soil. Many of these are in the California hills. Does it seem smart to build houses in areas that have plants that have adapted to have fire to propagate? Some of the houses in these areas are worth millions and insurers take a big hit when they burn.

    Along the East coast and Gulf coast there are barrier islands and are unconsolidated masses of sand, rocks and mud only slightly above sea level. Hotels and beach front houses are on many of them. Storm surges and hurricanes decimate the buildings and can remove large chunks of the islands. Building on them is a gamble that good poker players would avoid.

  All these cost taxpayers and insurers tens of millions to billions each year. All homeowners with insurance pay higher premiums to pay for these losses. More importantly are unnecessary loss of lives that occur.

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  • 1. 1dragon  |  May 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I will be the first to admit that I love staying at a place on the beach when I go on vacation, but yes you do take a risk. Living in a flood zone, no I mean a real flood zone, like New Orleans which is below sea level just isn’t smart And refusing to leave when a Hurricaine is coming is even worse. Living in a house on the side of a mountain knowing it could wash away when the next rains come…………… that’s not very smart either. There is no perfect place

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    • 2. GoodOleBoy  |  May 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm

      There are no perfect places as you say but some are going to have floods as sure as the sun rises each morning. The California hills are meant to burn. If people choose to live in these areas why should we pay more in taxes and increased insurance? What has Katrina cost? The French Quarter was built when they had sense, on high ground, it didn’t flood.

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  • 3. RHRalls  |  May 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I always thought it rather silly to build on low ground near flood-prone rivers, especially the Mighty Mississip. Maybe the yshould consider building their houses on stilts and keeping canoes handy …

    I’m living in one of those fire-prone areas, LOL. Back in 2007 we all became refugees for almost a week because of those massive fires in So Cal: the one that nearly burned this house down was the Rainbow Fire. Scary.
    Would have been a better idea to build this house out of stainless steel: forest fires usually don’t get hot enough to melt that.

    It also comes down to the willingness of people to buy those homes. In the case of those who bought this house: they just did not wish to live in a city any more, so they chose a more rural setting.

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    • 4. GoodOleBoy  |  May 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      I just don’t want to pay for rescuing, insuring and fire fighting for people in these areas.

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  • 5. dancingczars  |  May 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    That was an excellent informative piece Jim have you considered for publication? J.C.

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    • 6. GoodOleBoy  |  May 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      Just tell me how to.

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  • 7. jacquiefhurlbut  |  May 8, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I have long been an advocate that if you live in a danger prone area, you should be responsible, and take as much precaution as you can. I happen to be able to see the ocean from my deck ,which is a magnificent view ,and yes I worked hard to accomplish this ,but…..that does not mean that the taxpayers should subsidize my enjoyment. Great post, to often unless the situation is explained ,many people are not aware of the continued taxpayer cost.

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