Floods

When I was young I thought there would be nothing better than a flood. I foolishly thought my whole house would be a swimming pool. The water would be clear, clean, and warm. What’s not to like?

Now I am thinking floods are for the 1%. Not 1% of the people but for 1% of the land. Most land never has a chance of good flood. Sahara, Gobi, mountain ranges, and medium size hills are never in the floodlights.

I grew up near the water, Puget Sound. It could be seen down the hill. Think San Francisco without the cable car. I don’t know what I was thinking when I was younger. The water was never going to lap that high. I must have been less than a mile away from the shore but 200 to 300 feet above sea level.

Out of curiosity and for the future, how many of you live in the top 1% areas that are waterphilic (flood-able)? Waterphobic?

I feel safe in my current living area because I can quickly go up a steep hill. I am probably 50 feet above sea level with good drainage. About 60 years ago there was a flood from a nearby river but they deepen that river so the chance of that happening again is slim.

Here is an old picture of that old flood.


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  1. 10 Cents:
    Out of curiosity and for the future, how many of you live in the top 1% areas that are waterphilic (flood-able)? Waterphobic?

    When I lived in Mill Valley, California, I lived just off Panoramic Highway, which runs along a ridge leading to Mount Tamalpais at an altitude of around 250 metres above sea level.  Here are some pictures taken near my house.

    When I bought the house, one condition of the mortgage was that I had to maintain flood insurance on the house.  (As I recall, you did’t have to obtain the insurance before closing, but were supposed to provide proof afterward.)  When I discussed this with my insurance agent, he burst out laughing, observing that if place flooded, 250 metres above sea level, there wouldn’t be a single insurance company left to pay off that wasn’t also under water.

    It turns out that when they draw the lines on the topographic map to define the flood zones, they use a wide marker pen, and since the surrounding terrain is steep, when they marked the flood zones for which insurance was required, the line happened to bleed into the area where my house was located.  He said to just ignore the requirement because in his experience he’d never heard of a bank following up if the required documents weren’t submitted.  He issued a standard fire and damages policy and we submitted that and never heard a peep back from the bank over the 12 years before I paid off the mortgage.

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  2. My backyard is in a floodplain.   My house is four feet above the backyard, but I do not feel threatened.   If the river rises up to my back yard, it will have spread a mile on the other side of the river.   There is an enormous volume available to store floodwaters before the river could rise so far.

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  3. I grew up in Ocala. The local school was called “Highlands” as well as the church across the street.

    I didn’t know it at the time, but its one of the highest points in Florida (heh).

    My current home is at the top of a smallish hill. There’s enough incline, it isn’t floodable. We are also near the Econ River, but it’s flood basin is pretty steep where we are.

    When house shopping, our favorite house (we really wanted it) had a steep hill *up* from the back door. Oh but I wanted that house. The back of the house must have had some serious flooding and drainage issues. Wasn’t going to touch that.

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  4. Presently I reside at approximately 1180 feet above sea level, ( 359.664 meters ).  Over my life I have resided at approximately 10 feet and 1900 above sea level, ( 3.048 and 579.12 Meters respectively).

    I don’t like the water, floods, tidal surges and tsunamis scare me.

    Living on the side of a mountain, one is still subject to mild flooding as seen in this clip taken this year on August thirteenth. Here one can see the water jumping the curb on my street, flowing across a portion of my property and my driveway.

    [video width="960" height="540" mp4="https://www.ratburger.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/VID_20180813_175635.mp4"][/video]

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