Author: Terri L Turner, AICP, CFM
Nine months is a long time. For some it can mark the time from conception to birth of a precious baby and can be a time of joy and unbridled expectation. For others, like those who suffered catastrophic loss in the Metro Atlanta Flood Event that occurred in late September of 2009, it can be a time of healing, of repairing and of trying to return their life “back to normal”. The expectation is quite different for these flood-ravaged victims, however, and it is anything but joyful. Every rain event causes apprehension and brings to mind the question – what will the consequences of today’s storm be?
Additionally, in that same nine months time period, other communities have been scarred by the devastating toll of flooding across the US – Kansas, Arkansas (2 events), Virginia, Louisiana, Alaska, New Jersey (2 events), New York (2 events), Alabama, North Carolina, California, North Dakota (2 events), Arizona, Minnesota, Maine, West Virginia, Rhode Island (2 events), Massachusetts (2 events), Minnesota, Nebraska, Connecticut, Mississippi (2 events), Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and South Dakota – who have amassed a whopping 33 declared events in 26 states (through 5/14/2010). The list continues to grow with additional flood events occurring within the past thirty days. The growing fear is that unless some drastic changes are made in the way “we do business”, the list may tend to grow in proportion to the amount of development we, as communities, put into areas that should have been left to serve the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains and wetlands. (more…)