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#280852 - 03/26/09 09:44 AM Why do people build homes on flood plains?
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http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/03/26/floods.north.dakota/index.html

Let's see. Here is a river. Here is a river bank. Here is the history of this area: floods every 20 years. Hey!!! Let's build a house here!!!

Are people really truly stupid idiots? The answer is: YES


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#280853 - 03/26/09 10:18 AM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: Hauser]
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Originally Posted By: Hauser

floods every 20 years. Hey!!! Let's build a house here!!!
Are people really truly stupid idiots? The answer is: YES


Hauser

I ask myself this question every year when the fires break out in California. Wealthy and supposedly intelligent people build expensive houses in the hills over Los Angeles and other California cities where the natural vegetation burns periodically. In fact the plants there, called chaparral, are not able to propagate themselves unless they burn periodically. They have always burned periodically. They dry up every year so that they can burn. So, to repeat your question: Is this stupidity?

Then I cringe sick eek when I see this on TV and they talk about rebuilding their homes with disaster releif money from US.

The same is true with the wealthy people who build their expensive homes on the outer banks on the eastern coast of the USA. These areas are typically subjected to hurricanes periodically. So, we see in the news coverage how these homes have been swept away again. Why don't they learn? Again you hear about government relief payments to rebuild their expensive homes.

That is taxpayer (our) money used to rebuild these expensive homes which would predictably be swept away.

Now let's ask your question again. Who is it that is stupid?

Allen

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#280860 - 03/26/09 10:51 AM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: pufferfish]
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It's not me, I've never once voted for a politician that supported government welfare. In other words, I've never voted for a Republican or Democrat in my life, and I doubt I ever will, especially with how they're ruining the economy even more now.


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#280863 - 03/26/09 11:04 AM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: Hauser]
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Originally Posted By: Hauser
http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/weather/03/26/floods.north.dakota/index.html

Let's see. Here is a river. Here is a river bank. Here is the history of this area: floods every 20 years. Hey!!! Let's build a house here!!!

Are people really truly stupid idiots? The answer is: YES


I feel very much the same way when I see a house here, perched precariously on the very edge of a deep river valley wall - or occasionally even "hanging over", where the street-level floor of the house is actually the second floor, and the lower floor seems to be hanging off the side of the cliff. I've seen how quick erosion can eat away at valley walls, and like the flood-plain houses you've mentioned, it isn't an "if" question at all, but merely a "when" that house is going to take the tumble.

No sense whatsoever.



Edited by melliferal (03/26/09 11:05 AM)
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#280864 - 03/26/09 11:08 AM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: Hauser]
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London is basically all built on a flood plane too. I know the thames barrier is mostly for surges, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it is a flood plain, so not the best choice for a place for a capital city- in some ways.

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#280867 - 03/26/09 11:32 AM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: king tut]
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YOU WANT FUNNY?????????????


Lorie wants us all to MOVE THERE ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wonder how I'll look as a slack-jawed MO-ron being interviewed from a boat in my front yard.

"Well.......we never have this shit in New Haimpshire....ooops...thar goes my house flo-tin a-way......huh......the tornadoes tooked my kids last months....but I guess life is better here....I'm mean....you gots these fun rescue boats and all....huh"

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#280877 - 03/26/09 12:18 PM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: pufferfish]
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Originally Posted By: pufferfish
Again you hear about government relief payments to rebuild their expensive homes.


Are you sure? I was under the impression it was insurance payments - thought the government money went to rebuild public buildings and infrastructure.

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#280878 - 03/26/09 12:21 PM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: melliferal]
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Only the Federal Government offers "flood insurance", since private companies aren't stupid enough to offer it.

(did I actually teach Mel something?)


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#280898 - 03/26/09 02:15 PM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: Hauser]
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Personally, I find it offensive to call people stupid because of where they choose to live. If that's the case, everyone is stupid:

Those who choose to live in near wildfires. Those who live where tornadoes and hurricanes annually destroy property and lives. Those who live where snowfall can collapse their roof. Those who live in places where termites eat at their walls. Those who live in areas of high crime.

No one is stupid. They may made bad choices, but stupid? Seems a bit harsh, but maybe it's just my mood.

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#280899 - 03/26/09 02:20 PM Re: Why do people build homes on flood plains? [Re: lars3229]
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What about New Orleans?

Floodplains are good places for farms. The farmer has to have somewhere to live. But . . .

Allen

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