posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 08:47 AM
reply to post by lcbjr1979
Great reply. Thank you very much.
I hear what you're saying about the change in snow melt. We've had this a few times in the decade or so here in Central Europe in some regions and
it's quite problematic, because yeah -- the temp goes above 0 and it also rains, and the whole snow cover melts fast and leads to inundations. We
even had flood warnings in some country areas here about 2 weeks ago when there was decent snowfall, then temps went to spring-like conditions for
about three days (along with some rain in places) and nearly all the snow melted.
Luckily the flooding was minimal and very local. In a way it was a good thing, because there'll be less snow to melt off when things warm up properly
during the next few weeks or so.
Back to your neck of the woods: looks like they're doing what they can, but seeing as much of the runoff apparently comes down from Canada it's a
hassle. It's like when we get a major melt here in my region and we get some flooding, but it doesn't reach serious flood levels until it all gets
into the River Elbe over the border in Germany.
Some folks just say: "Well, if you decide to live in a natural flood zone, then you gotta expect to get flooded." Sounds reasonable on the surface
and if people build in a place that gets flooded every few years, then they're right.
But for example, we have towns here that go back to the middle ages and never got seriously flooded until our last big flood in 2002. Many people
thought they were above flood level -- and historically, they were -- but when the big one came along they still got hit.
Anyway I hope they get things sorted out in your region. If they need a system to divert flood water and it'll cost $2 billion, then it should be
done. Long-term, it has to pay off.