Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by IcyPatriot, Sep 15, 2013.
My prayers for these poor people ... nature taking back it's territory never more evident.
Horrific stuff, have to wonder if somehow the development of the land and clearcutting played a role in all of this???
8 dead and about 600 unaccounted for.. that number will decrease, but the toll sounds high.
I'm sure the developments have caused erosion issues and diverted water to areas that previously hadn't had to deal with runoff.
My heart goes out to the families affected.
When you have that much water in the mountains in a relatively arid area there will be problems. Tragic situation.
Yes ... when driving through northern Mass and New Hampshire, Vermont they have many of their waterways out of the mountains lined with rocks to keep them stable.
When I lived in Utah there would be mud slides when the snow pack would melt too quickly, not as much vegetation and root systems to stabilize the soil, combine this with steep slopes and high mountains......
Selecting a site to build in those conditions is critical.
It is still summer there.. it is that northern hemisphere thing.
It is very dry and the reservoirs are usually low at this time of year, this much water is too much runoff once the ground is saturated. Generally the soil there will hold as much water due to the amount of vegetation in a climate like New England.
They're saying that this is worse than back in 1976 when 146 people died in a flash flood in Estes Park (Rocky Mountain National Park)! One of the prettiest area's in 'Merica.
They have also been saying (for years now) that the government in Colorado has been lax in approving the funds necessary to maintain the dams and bridges.
Colorado has more ailing dams, less money to fix them - The Denver Post
It's all Bush's fault
Well when a mudslide hits a road or a flood hits a bridge it's not a matter of maintenance.
But you were talking about the snowmelt in Utah.. that was my response.
When the mudslides and floods are caused by broken dams, it certainly is.
Flash flood breaks Colorado dam, 1 dead - YouTube
Colorado flood emergency: 2 killed, streets impassable, dam breached - Canon City Daily Record
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