Texas Is Burning Down

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Texas Is Burning Down
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Wed, 09-07-2011 - 3:41am

I don't have a link, sorry.

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2005
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 12:18pm

I wish you rain.

Terri

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 1:26pm
Oh, I remember the opening of the spill gates, but I didn't know ya'll were still underwater. How horrible. I wonder why that isn't in the news that I see....

What a nightmare this year has been for so many parts of the country.

What are they saying about when your water will recede? Is there a plan in place or something?

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-18-2000
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 1:41pm
I wish I had the power to send you the downpour we're getting now.
Positive thoughts.

 


Photobucket&nbs

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Registered: 02-14-2005
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 2:39pm

Sometimes it's amazing to me the things the media covers and what it doesn't.

Terri

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 3:16pm
It's the desert southwest. That a desert is arid and scrub brush catches fire shouldn't be news to anyone. When we build in a desert, consideration for the natural climate should include creation of fire breaks around communities to prevent homes from burning down imo.

If it helps, I don't think we should be permitting building of homes less than 12 feet above high tide anywhere in the U.S. which would get rid of most coastal communities. Construction inland near a river shouldn't be permitted under the 500 year flood mark.

Yet we love to build in the desert, we love to build below sea level, and we love to build in flood plains. Then we love to cover it and act surprised when the inevitable happens.

The Onion had a great parody about this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPBS5nprJ1M
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 3:53pm
Thanks for explaining.

I've often wondered why we can't build a pipeline for water from up north, from somewhere there is almost always a surplus, and ship it down here to major reservoirs. We ship plenty of natural gas in pipelines up north. I have somewhere around 8 pipelines under our property now.

Do you think it could be done? I think maybe it could, but that not many people want to start a project that could take 20 years or more to complete, something that competes for tax dollars, some states would be left out, many Texas cities would be left out, etc.

I am not so concerned about the budget cuts to the Forest Service (cause of the "rainy day" fund), but more the slashing of volunteer fire department grants. I can't say for any amount of certainty, but ime, they are the first ones on the scene in my county 99% of the time.

Slashing their funding was a bad idea. Maybe Perry can tell us why he did it.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Wed, 09-07-2011 - 4:04pm
I have no idea what you're talking about. But I know you're offensive to me.

And you have no knowledge whatsoever of what's burning in Texas.

Desert? Haha. I didn't even know there was a fire out there. And even if I could watch video on my computer, I wouldn't watch what you posted because of the spirit it was posted with.

I don't even know how many hundreds of miles it is to the desert from where the majority of fires are burning. Or even from my house.

Do you feel the same about the people in Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, wildfires in other states than Texas...all those people all over the United States going through terrible weather tragedies? Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, tropical storms, fires?

Maybe you live in the safest part of the world. Will you tell us where that is? I won't move there, but I'm wondering where someone lives that has so much arrogance regarding weather tragedies.

I'm going to guess in advance it's the northwest.

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Thu, 09-08-2011 - 12:02pm
Nope...not the Northwest. We have fires raging up here too & the west side of the mountains is under a 'red flag alert' for wildfires because we haven't had any rain in over a month. Hasn't been horribly hot here but it has been just warm enough (average in the 70's) to dry everything out. It's actually been kind of hazy here in Seattle from a large wildfire burning on the Olympic Peninsula.

 nwtreehugger  

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2009
Thu, 09-08-2011 - 12:18pm
I didn't know there were fires up there, too. My antenna pole burned down, so my only news is the net for now.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Thu, 09-08-2011 - 12:26pm
It's usually the mountains & east side of the state that get hit by wildfires every year, but this year, even the west side is being affected. With all the other weather issues & wildfires going on, the ones up here in the PNW aren't being covered all that much on the national level.

 nwtreehugger  

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