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Let It Rain [Jul. 21st, 2008|04:20 pm]
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It looks like Hurricane Dolly is going to bring us some rain in a  couple of days. Although I hope we don't get too much, it would be just fine if we get a little bit more than enough.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-23 04:01 am (UTC)
And I realize I'm sounding very harsh and maybe I am. The land was here first. Flash floods were here first. In the original landscape, that's how the rain came--high intensity, low frequency--and that's why there were springs of water, because those rains dumped enough to get through the grass, and down into the crevices of the rocky soil, and fill those aquifers for the long dry times. The frogs love flash floods; turtles and crayfish move upstream, in the floods, against the floods, heading for their favorite spawning grounds. Fish, too--after a flash flood, as the water clears, you find the tiny translucent fish fry hatching in the shallowest water. It seems as ridiculous to me to lament flash floods here, where they've been since the last Ice Age, as to lament blizzards in the northern plains or Noreasters on the New England coast. Flash floods are natural. Stores and roads in creek bottoms aren't.

And because the land here is up and down a lot, it's easy to avoid flash floods if you just use your head and don't panic. Don't be in the creek bottom in a downpour. Don't try to drive up a street that water is pouring down six inches deep (nearly lost a man in our choir that way.) People in flat land have no real recourse if their river floods--there is no higher ground to go to, but here, there is.

Anyway--if the only way to get rain is in lumps--I'll take it happily. I don't want anyone to get hurt--but we need the rain.


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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-07-23 05:05 am (UTC)
I actually like the torrential downpours we get here. They are one of the reasons I moved to Texas. But sometimes it gets extreme. I've seen water 5 inches deep flowing down a hill at Kerrville. I know it can be even worse than that. I feel bad that people get drowned in those big storms. It must be awful.

I agree that people shouldn't build in the 100 year floodplain. The house I'm going to build on my land will be in the lowest part of the 500 year floodplain. I want the house to be built above the height of the highest water that I know has been there. People seem to think I'm being silly. But I'm not.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-23 03:34 pm (UTC)
Not silly at all. Put in the best (deepest, most resistant) foundations you can afford, and put the house up above ground a few feet. Underneath, the tornado shelter in a half-basement.

I look at vegetation, not floodplain maps, which are drawn and redrawn as the economy and developers fight over land. Development affects floodplains but they're rarely redesignated to take that into account.

May the market rebound and give you the resources to do what you want.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-07-23 04:45 pm (UTC)
"May the market rebound and give you the resources to do what you want."

From your keystrokes to G-d's CPU.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-07-23 05:03 pm (UTC)
Didn't work with K's dog. Didn't work with several other things...I think G-d wants me to hit different keystrokes. Sigh.

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