FLOODS

8/30/2017

Whenever a heavy thunderstorm stalls or a hurricane comes ashore, excessive water is going to flood the area and water damage will occur if occupied by human inhabitants. The first house in a non-flood plain rural area will likely flood if there is a 1,000-year storm. However, as more homes are built, more concrete is poured and ground water gets raised by filling soil on top of existing land (surcharging), the odds of the first homes in the area to get inundated, only go up. Utilizing retention ponds sounds like a good idea, but the developers don’t like to give up lots for temporary water storage. If designed to the letter of the law, the ponds would be so deep that fencing needs to be installed so humans won’t fall in and break their neck if dry or fall in and drown if full of rainwater. They learn to cheat, by sneaking water off the property in ways that the local official that are in bed with these influence peddlers, will OK. Sneaking in French drains under roadways, lowering weirs, decreasing the size of the retention ponds by the use of complex geometry, and varying the pond floor grades will divert the water away from the million dollar homes and push it over to the trailer trash (older, poorer people who were there first). Go to nearly any new subdivision with high end homes right after a 2 to 3-inch rainfall in 24 hours and watch the retention ponds dump the water off the development, and on to properties with lesser tax roles. Building Codes dictate that subdivisions retain a 100-year flood (6.6″ of rain) on the property, but it’s business as usual, screw the little guy. This unfairness could be rectified by mandating that all siding on newer homes be of a thick wicking material that sucks up water and evaporates it to the atmosphere over time. Absorbing siding of either activated charcoal or recycled sponges will keep all the rain that falls on the premises. Imagine the pride of a new homeowner with bright yellow Spongebutt Squareshirt Siding. 

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