Every year, after each and every large snowfall or storm, we see those cameras panning mile upon square mile of flooded terrain. North and South Carolina are now getting hammered with torrential rain, flooding the areas along the coast and inland rivers. This happens periodically in flood plains....it floods.
This is a re-post, with updated photos of the most recent (and not the last) flood event. And I will dust this post off again (and again) every time I see flood stricken folk with their hands out to FEMA for taxpayer money to subsidize their past decision to build their homes in a flood plain.
'Fredd', you say, 'you are one heartless sumbitch, bad mouthing these poor wretches standing knee deep in water in the middle of their living rooms.' Yes, my heart is pretty darn immune to how this always works: build in flood plains, get flooded, cry in front of the camera and the taxpayer money flows your way along with the flood waters. My suggestion: don't build in flood plains. Ever. They are all well known to geologists, meteorologists and even real estate agents. Just ask one of these guys where the flood plains are, and they will be able to tell you exactly where they are located. Then avoid building on them. Duh.
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 the current 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...in a flood plain. 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. There are plenty of lands in the US that are high and dry, above the flood plain; thousands and thousands of undeveloped high and dry acres, if not millions of acres, and if you build a home there, no flood will affect your life. And if you decide to build in flood plains (where it always floods), don't expect the rest of us folk who build homes 'high and dry' to subsidize your decision to build in flood plains, where it floods.
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