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RE: Re: crazy weather/ flooding

Before the folks across the street could build, they had to build the soil
level up about 2' because it was in a 100 year flood plain.  We saw the
wisdom of that 2 years ago during a very wet spring.  It makes no sense to
build in a flood plain without taking a great deal of precautions.  

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Daryl
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 1:54 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: crazy weather/ flooding

I'm always amazed at where building is allowed. They're putting in a new
subdivision a few blocks from me on what has always been a marshy, often
flooded area. Even before they dredged the creek upstream, it would often
flood, and all of the new construction will silt it up fast!


----- Original Message -----
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2006 6:33 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Re: crazy weather/ flooding

> I'm not sure of exact code requirements, I'm not much of a numbers person,
> all newer construction areas (since the 70's I'm guessing)  are built on
> raised area above the street.  All driveways and front yards slope down to

> the
> street....for runoff and prevent flooding. Problem was that the older 
> areas were
> flooding badly, since they were level with the streets and much lower 
> than
> the newer areas.  There was so much new construction in wetland areas 
> where
> the water used to go.  This caused bad flooding, as seen with Allison 
> some
> years back.  Now the law is to have retention ponds every so  often.   In 
> more
> expensive neighborhoods these are disguised as  elaborate ponds with rock
> formations, plantings, etc.  In other areas, the  plan is to plant them 
> with native
> wetland plants.  Others are native  grasses which are kept mowed
> (unfortunately).  We have a lot of bayous that  run throughout the city, 
> especially in my
> neighborhood, which used to be one of  those wetlands.  When I tell a long

> time
> resident of Houston where I live,  they always say, "oh yes, the rice
> patties".   Apparently for  generations this entire area was used to farm 
> rice.  We do
> have parks on  either side of our subdivision that have natural and man 
> made
> lakes.  Great  for the wildlife, and viewing of birds in our area.  We 
> used to
> live in the  "country", but not anymore at all...so the parks alleviate 
> that
> feeling of  claustrophobia for me.
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast

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