Risky Construction Sites

Posted: March 28, 2014 in Articles
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Do you think that it is a good idea to put up buildings in a flood area? Most people would answer, “no”, to that question. However, apparently there are people out there who would answer, “yes”, because there is construction going on in a flood area near our home. There is no doubt that it is a flood area. Whenever it rains, the area gets swamped, the land next to the road turns into a small lake, and I can remember at least one time the road that runs through the flood zone closed because of all the water. Plus, there is a sign that says, “Flood Area”. So, building in that particular spot seems like a weird thing to do.

Not only that, but they are building on the lower side of the flood zone. The road goes right in the middle of the flood area. One side is a cow field and the other side is the construction site. The cow field is higher up than the proposed neighborhood.

Cow Field

Cow Field

We don’t understand who would build in a flood area, and we also don’t understand who would live in a flood area.

Anyway, this makes us think of the mudslide that just took place in Seattle. (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023215066_mudslidemondayxml.html). This mile-wide mudslide plowed through a village, killing 14 people and causing over 176 to go missing. A scientist had warned that it was not a good idea to build in that particular area, but his warning went unheeded. When the mudslide happened, he simply said he “was not surprised”. (http://news.yahoo.com/scientist-warned-mudslide-danger-15-years-ago-195919224.html)

Why do people build in poor locations? We don’t know. What do you think?

by Dink

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