At this point in our weekend forecast, even the waterfowl have to be saying ENOUGH with all the rain we’ve had for the past several days, and it’s supposed to continue!
If you were lucky enough to be able to leave work early yesterday for the start of the holiday weekend, you probably experienced the flash flooding and poor visibility in various parts of the city. You may have driven by the bayous and seen for yourself how dangerously close they were to overflowing their banks, again. Water was ponding on the pavement such that you couldn’t see the curbs or the lane markers or the potholes.
It’s just getting worse. We keep hearing about the continued changes in the floodplain. We keep hearing about the controversy over flood insurance — people having their policies cancelled because they actually filed a claim, companies dropping you from coverage because 10 years ago you didn’t live in the 100-year floodplain and now you do.
Did you ever stop to think about why the floodplains have changed so much?
It’s about the development, or should I say OVERdevelopment, that has been going on here for decades. We are a city covered in concrete. Concrete is impervious. We have an inadequate stormwater system because we’ve let the developers be in charge and do everything on the cheap and not adequately contribute to the fund for the system. We have bayous. We have concrete-like muck for soil. We have subsidence issues. We completely cover our lots with McMansions so there’s no grass. We build these huge multi-lane impervious freeways all over the place rather than reasonably consider a real transit system. We build monuments to capitalism in the form of huge buildings with ginormous parking garages. We are in strip center heaven (or hell) down here with our superstores and urban sprawl that just expands the concrete/impervious cover out even further into the burbs.
There is NOWHERE for the water to go. What do we expect?
I’m convinced Gordon Gecko has had the cement concession for all of Harris County for the past 30 years. He also controls the insurance companies.
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, we’ve been brainwashed over the years to “be extremely short-sighted; it is part of the system.”
We have no one to blame but ourselves. Time to figure it out, people.