Every winter and every spring, after each and every large snowfall or storm, we see those cameras panning mile upon square mile of flooded terrain.
And every year at these times, we watch the governors of these flooded states clamor for a microphone and a camera to issue a declaration of a disaster area. In this way, the federal government will send floods of U.S. taxpayer dollars to them, so that they can pass out relief funds to those unfortunate souls stricken so severely in their time of need, as tears flow from their red eyes nearly as much as the river that caused these tears.
In Illinois in particular (my temporary state of residence, I have vowed not to die here), the floods along the Mississippi happen virtually every year. My first year in this area was 1993, and they tell me that the flooding that year was a 'one in 500 year event.' Now, only 23 years later, I am being told that this flood is a 'one in 500 year event.'
If this pattern holds up, we will be hearing in a few years about yet another 'one in 500 year event,' as those poor wretches along the Mississippi are standing hip deep in water in their living rooms.
I can't understand why people who build their homes in flood plains are upset when floods happen (in flood plains). They truly seem puzzled that their homes are suddenly full of water....again. I am guessing that the costs of this real estate are dirt cheap. And that it pays off in the long run to simply rebuild every 10 years or so when the river comes along and sweeps their belongings away.
Do not under any circumstances, however, expect even a tiny bit of sympathy from me for these fools. They are on the TV each and every year, tears running down their cheeks after their homes are destroyed by a flooding river. I am not buying it anymore. These tears are probably just part of their long term plans: build in flood plains on the cheap, get flooded out, and then stick your hand out as tears run down your face so that the governor can lay some money on you. I am not falling for that anymore.
News to people who build their homes in flood plains (namely along the Mississippi): your home will be flooded, either this year, or next year, or perhaps in 10 years. But it WILL flood. That's why they call the flood plain you built your home in a flood plain. IT FLOODS.
If you don't want to get your home flooded, don't build in flood plains.
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