Are our Tax Dollars going to be silenced to fix homes and businesses that were warned that this would happen if you decided to build on Barrier Islands?
I agree dude...as much as I sympathize with the people who lost everything, it was only a matter of time, and it's only a matter of time before it happens again. The land itself handles these events fine, it's our structures that don't. Again, I feel great sympathy and wish nothing but the best for those who got hit hard, but we should be able to discuss this from a scientific perspective without being shushed.
I with ya...
I live on the L.I. Sound and go down to the beach to walk my dog frequently. The road we walk is littered with obnoxiously oversized and elaborate houses, with maybe a half mile wide by quarter mile stretch of marsh on the other side of the road(one of three stretches of marsh in town). The houses are right up on the beach, and at neap tides when it's high the water comes close without a major storm system nearby. Several were washed away during Irene. I watched them rebuild, not just the ones that got destroyed, but they added new ones...someone's gotta cash in on that prime real estate. This is getting rather long-winded and I gotta get back to work, but you see where I'm going...the average person's sense of geologic time is limited I suppose, or skewed by conventional aspirations of success...and I want to emphasize again that my heart goes out to those who experienced tragedy from this storm...but the **** was thrown at the fan a while back, and more is on the way.
yup. people gotta realize that man does not own nature nor can he conquer it. he's just as much as the owner of the world as the bacteria crawling around on my keyboard at this very moment. thats humanity's problem in a lot of other aspects but thats another story for another time. its just like in the outer banks. when you build on a barrier island that's receding anyway and its pretty much at or below sea level, with a sound behind it that will also surge, its only a matter of time. thoughts and prayers to people that lost everything though. its a damn shame.
Agreed...you guys have a great weekend, outta here...for the record, I donated what I could, I don't have much but every little bit helps, and my thoughts and prayers to everyone in NY/NJ.
It's not only barrier islands that are destroyed. Homes all along the great south bay are flooded as well. My family lost everything when the house flooded up to the ceiling.
Until last year I never would have thought we could have flooded. And now it's happened 2 years in a row...
We will rebuild as long as insurance pays, which is not as easy as people think... But we need to raise the house this time.
Like Gaffer said, it's tough seeing everything go back to "normal" while we are so far from being there
Hopeall are well
My in-law's house in Mantoloking is still standing but my husband and I don't think his elderly mother should be living there year round anymore given the rising sea levels and ocean temperature. If more hurricanes keep hitting the coast, I'm going to encourage my in-laws to build at least 5 miles inland.
yup good points Gaff. It's really bad that it takes these kind of disasters to bring global climate change to politicians forefronts and the mainstream news. it's happening people. whether we like it or not its happening and these are the events that will possibly happen in the near future with sea level rise being the worst and most potentially destructive thing in human history