posted on May, 21 2010 @ 05:39 AM
reply to post by kinda kurious
KK, you do know that a lot of the problems with flooding nowadays is because of the ADA requirements?
Because of ADA requirements, an undinteded consequence of low slope neighborhoods has developed.
Maximum slopes, in and out of neighborhoods on the very sidewalks required to be placed around these neighborhoods.
Being in building construction as a site super, I have a in the thick of it viewpoint. Building almost completely flat communities is a major problem
in any place that gets even normal rainfall. I have seen in cities getting just 1 or 2 inches of rain in 12 hours get completely flooded due to the
inability of the storm drainage to handle even small amounts of rain.
Where as older communities getting 6-12 inches of rain in a 12 hour period do get flooding but the water is removed quicker because people in the old
days knew better than to live on a flat plane next to damn rivers. You lived on the hills.
In the beginning of the ADA movement, they allowed builders to alot a percentage of the properties or apartments for compliance. This way the
residences that were needed for the disabled, were there.
Now, every facility for residence, approximately 50% need to be ADA compliant. I do not know for sure how this works. The last large place I built was
a huge apartment complex. We were allowed to build two story apartments so the second floor were not ADA compliant and only the first floors were. So
I am assuming the requirement is 50%. But, it being that the first floors were all ADA compliant and everything has to be tied together, the place was
like a damn big pool table. Flat as a hell.
This one was in Fresno. Now, the architect and engineers had all these drainage areas installed and I knew for a fact they were not going to work. I
convinced my bosses, the land developers, to install a few more drainage lines throughout the project. Even with these, we had a pretty good rain for
Fresno of about .5" in an hour. I knew we were going to have problems. The grade on some of the land was so low to almost be non existent. Some
flooding occurred in some of the apartments from a damn 1/2 inch of rain. Amazing.