If you'll excuse my observation, the shallow moment came earlier, when concern for the fate of football season was evidenced. The cost of rebuilding
is a sore spot, no apologies necessary.
Federal money should not fund construction in disaster prone areas, unless the construction can withstand the worst. Cheap concrete dome homes are a
much better solution than any currently on the market. They are low profile to resist the wind, can be sealed airtight when you evacuate to keep the
water from destroying posessions, and they cost only a bit more than a roof replacement for a normal home.
I think there are ways we could be more efficient, but of course, that would require effort on the part of home owners and the government. This is
not likely to happen.
The current situation is bad, no doubt. This is what happens when you stick an urban area in a flood plain. It's not pretty, but the potential for
this sort of thing happening should be obvious to everyone involved. When you are SURROUNDED by dams, levvies, pumps, breakwaters, hurricane
barriers, and spillways, you might feel protected, but the presence of that enormous quantity of protective insulation should really make folks
question the geography, the weather, and the wisdom in living at the business end of the bowling alley.
This is exactly why I don't live in LA. Oh yeah, and the mosquitoes. And the heat. If it weren't for commerce, and all the greed that goes along
with it, that part of the country would have been given back to nature a long time ago.
This may sound callous and cruel, but the fact remains, there are millions of people not drowning, not losing their worldy possessions, and not
crammed into stadiums wading through a slurry of excrement. Everybody gets what they deserve, and tempting fate by living below sea level in a
urbanized flood plain..well, let's just say, you can only give momma nature the finger so many times before she grabs it and breaks it.
Folks have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the US government's ability to protect its people from natural disasters. Take charge, take an
interest in your own survival. Move the hell out of the area. The same goes for Florida. If you choose to live in that environment, take
responsibility for that decision. It's nobody's fault but your own.
Or build a concrete dome home and spend the rest of the insurance money on a boat. That's the best advice I can muster up, regarding the insurance
situation, and the perrenial problems inherent therein.
Edit: Oh yeah, and plant mangroves. Lots of mangroves. Good natural buffer to protect against wind and storm surge.
[edit on 30-8-2005 by WyrdeOne]