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Old 08-27-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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There is a briefing going on right now re: the flooding situation here.

How bad is it??? It sounds really bad in areas. Are there a lot of homes and apartments that have flooded? I know that Sugar Creek has been overflowing since I was a kid . . . but it sounds like this is really much worse.

CMPD says 48 accidents this morning and in that same period, the average would usually be 15. So evidently people are skidding, hydroplaning . . .

Fire Dept has responded to 35 calls that involved rescues so far. I am so surprised. They are saying it is not a unique event, but this is receiving more coverage so I wonder . . . are the same places flooding or do we have bigger problems this year b/c of construction - or what.

Anyone have some really good info or insight into why we are continuing to have such big problems w/ run-off and creeks????

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:31 PM
 
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Oops. I just realized there is a sticky about the flooding. Sorry guys.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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The Doral Cavalier apts that always flood were on the TV this morning. However, in my travels today, I inadvertently drove right by there and although they had a ton of fire trucks, buses & the like there, it seemed pretty dry...unless the water had already receded...or, the water was further back on the property.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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High Water Alerts! (Areas that flood)

Hey, I've been wondering where you've been today. I've posted updates as I've seen them coming across TV, but haven't had anyone else give input. WCNC is doing a good job (Larry Sprinkle was on all morning). They have a slideshow of the flooded areas on their website.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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High Water Alerts! (Areas that flood)

Hey, I've been wondering where you've been today. I've posted updates as I've seen them coming across TV, but haven't had anyone else give input. WCNC is doing a good job (Larry Sprinkle was on all morning). They have a slideshow of the flooded areas on their website.
Hey, MN! Once I discovered your thread (yeah, I am slow sometimes) I looked at the pix from WCNC . . . that was a great idea for you to post the info - it seems to have been a real mess this morning.

I am just surprised that w/ the history of flooding in so many of these areas - that our engineers have not figured out better ways to route water, contain water, manage water run-off, etc. I know we got a tremendous deluge w/ Fay, but geeeee - this has been going on for years. We really should know how to re-route the water by now. Shouldn't we????

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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Ani - I thought, at one time, there was talk of the City buying out the Doral apartments and tearing them down, since they were built in a known flood plain. The newscasters commented this morning that tenants there were REQUIRED to buy flood insurance and notified that they were in a flood plain. I guess, sometimes, people just don't believe it will ever happen to them?
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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We really should know how to re-route the water by now. Shouldn't we????
This is a perfect example of why collection of "runoff" water should be a bigger priority. (ie build reseviors).


Think about all the water that was running down your street which could've been used for irrigation purposes, or drinking water etc........again, we (USA) waste so much water when it could be put to good use. That's why IMO we should never be in a "drought" so to speak if we did things the right way...


ok, now I'll get off my soapbox..
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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This is a perfect example of why collection of "runoff" water should be a bigger priority. (ie build reseviors).


Think about all the water that was running down your street which could've been used for irrigation purposes, or drinking water etc........again, we (USA) waste so much water when it could be put to good use. That's why IMO we should never be in a "drought" so to speak if we did things the right way...


ok, now I'll get off my soapbox..
Jack, you were sounding awfully good on that Soap Box, if you ask me. I liked your message!!!! And I think about these things, too! We should be managing water better.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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Ani - I thought, at one time, there was talk of the City buying out the Doral apartments and tearing them down, since they were built in a known flood plain. The newscasters commented this morning that tenants there were REQUIRED to buy flood insurance and notified that they were in a flood plain. I guess, sometimes, people just don't believe it will ever happen to them?

I live very near these apartments in Chantilly neighborhood. The Doral side has already been sold to the city. I know they were already tearing out the pool and moving out some of the tenants in the past few weeks. The city is supposed to turn this area into a greenway within the next year. This morning when I awoke I looked out my window to see a car underwater not more than a few hundred feet from my house....SCARY! This area has always been known for flooding. I feel sorry for some of the tenants living there.
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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Ani - I thought, at one time, there was talk of the City buying out the Doral apartments and tearing them down, since they were built in a known flood plain. The newscasters commented this morning that tenants there were REQUIRED to buy flood insurance and notified that they were in a flood plain. I guess, sometimes, people just don't believe it will ever happen to them?
Funny you mention that cause DH and I were talking about this earlier. We thought we heard in - maybe - 2003 that they were gonna tear those apartments down. Maybe the owner decided that this was not fair (loss of revenue) so the city agreed that if the renters bought flood insurance then they would not tear them down. ???? No way would I rent there!!!!

I don't understand how those apartments were ever approved for building permits there.

I have a creek at the back of my property and it was really running full earlier today.
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