barney wrote:Apparently, they're more worried about the surge and the subsequent flooding more than the storm itself.
Bitch all you want about blizzards and snow, at least you can pick it up and move it somewhere else with shovels and heavy equipment. It's awful hard to pick up all that water in an endloader.
No. Thank. You.
My father's house was destroyed a few weeks ago in the Dubuque flooding. The waterline in his garage was about eye level and his house sits a bit higher but it still went over the counter tops. The destruction of a flood is unbelievable and it leaves behind a thick layer of "chocolate pudding" which is actually mostly silt and sewage. At 69 years old he was forced to swim through flood waters that went up to about his chin, but you can't really walk in rushing water. Honestly, if he had abandoned his house a few minutes later he probably would have died. Given the debris scattered around his property, which includes huge rocks and uprooted trees, he's very fortunate to have made it to higher ground when he did.
So yeah, I've seen flood devastation firsthand. The house where I spent the last 20 Christmas Eves and taught my nephew how to throw a football is gone. The foundation collapsed on the backside of the house and it's a total loss, along with two pickup trucks, a camper, a sweet limited edition 1994 convertible Mustang and virtually all of my father's personal belongings.
Fortunately, he's alive and kicking (and digging around in the muck for his favorite channel locks) and he had the resources to simply buy a new house. We move him into his new digs on September 1st. Many people caught in a flood don't have those kinds of resources and they simply lose everything they own. Insurance pays for earth, wind and fire, but they don't pay for water.