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Thread: Flash Flooding in Southern AB.

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    Looks like my old Province is taking a serious beating. Calgary is evacuating around 100 000 citizens from the flood zone. Pretty crazy.Alberta underwater | Global News Video


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    I guess they don't call it High River for nothing huh. Wow, that really is scary.


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    Hope them well and all the help they can get. Guess you aren't there any longer, you left in time, how did you know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Hope them well and all the help they can get. Guess you aren't there any longer, you left in time, how did you know?
    Alberta is the kind of place where people get out of their trucks by driving a car, I knew that place was doomed from the get-go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    Alberta is the kind of place where people get out of their trucks by driving a car, I knew that place was doomed from the get-go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler View Post
    Hope them well and all the help they can get. Guess you aren't there any longer, you left in time, how did you know?
    Alberta is the kind of place where people get out of their trucks by driving a car, I knew that place was doomed from the get-go.
    huh?
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    It was a comment about stereotype Alberta, its denizens (Rich Ultra-Conservative Rednecks), and their lifestyle (Big and/or Fast everything, and two of each - just for good measure). As a whole, a lot of Alberta is shiny, new, and big - lot's of booms in various sorts of development, upgrades to infrastructure, and a lot of big spending consumers. As a result Alberta tends to get grief for being an excessive Province. So I was joking that Alberta is a place where people use their cars to get out of their big trucks.
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    lol oh ok, never heard such an expression.
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    My brother lives in Calgary but fortunately on high ground overlooking the Bow River. He says its never been so high and wide.

    Why, when scientists who study lowland areas and flood plains warn against building in those areas, is it generally ignored or not enough measures are taken to prevent potential problems. If floods have occurred in the area in the past, is it a good idea to build there?

    Has our way of thinking taught us to believe that only man can cause these disasters when they've been happening pretty regularly over the life of the planet? IOW's will we blame ourselves for this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    My brother lives in Calgary but fortunately on high ground overlooking the Bow River. He says its never been so high and wide.

    Why, when scientists who study lowland areas and flood plains warn against building in those areas, is it generally ignored or not enough measures are taken to prevent potential problems. If floods have occurred in the area in the past, is it a good idea to build there?

    Has our way of thinking taught us to believe that only man can cause these disasters when they've been happening pretty regularly over the life of the planet? IOW's will we blame ourselves for this?
    Oh you can bet SOMEONE will be blamed. But it will most likely come down to blaming 1 or a small few for what the entire population should be smacking themselves over. Any reasonably sane person, just ask any insurance company, should know better than to build a home in a flood plain, on an active fault line, on the side of a active volcano or on an island or coastal area that annually gets pummeled by hurricanes and tropical storms.

    Honestly, I hate having to have insurance, but they really are the ones that hold people accountable for being stupid. Sadly they punish us all for the stupidity of some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    My brother lives in Calgary but fortunately on high ground overlooking the Bow River. He says its never been so high and wide.

    Why, when scientists who study lowland areas and flood plains warn against building in those areas, is it generally ignored or not enough measures are taken to prevent potential problems. If floods have occurred in the area in the past, is it a good idea to build there?

    Has our way of thinking taught us to believe that only man can cause these disasters when they've been happening pretty regularly over the life of the planet? IOW's will we blame ourselves for this?
    Glad to hear your brother wasn't living in the alienated zone. I often wonder the same thing... But we've always been the same - we don't anticipate the possible scope, or take the warnings seriously - not until it actually happens. At least one guy has been taking it in stride: Home flooded, fishes off the porch.
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    We do not need scientists to tell us not to build in a flood plain. A teny weeny, itsy bitsy amount of common sense should be enough.
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    Collective insanity and rampant stupidity seem a lot more common than common sense.

    Maybe, reading a topographical map should be taught in grade schools.
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    I wonder if someone who purchased a home in the danger area could hold a real estate company or a developer responsible because they failed to warn of a potential threat?
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