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Published: Sunday, April 28 2013 1:50 p.m. MDT

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Prodicus
Provo, UT

"We're dealing with Mother Nature and sometimes she does what she wants."

"They knew the risks when they moved in there. You're living beneath a canal."

"It's very disconcerting. It makes us feel stupid for living here."

Amen to the above statements.

There's a dangerous trend along the Wasatch Front to think we should build houses on every square inch of currently-dry ground. The inevitable result is homes damaged or destroyed by mudslides, flooding, rockfall, etc. These are not natural disasters; they're _human_ disasters. They're only disasters because of our unwise choice to build where we know such things are likely to happen.

Too often insurers and governments pay for the consequences, rather than the real estate magnates and developers, who don't care whether the homes are safe as long as they turn a profit, or the homebuyers, who didn't do their homework.

We should show more prudence and more respect for Nature by keeping homes off mountainsides and out of flood zones. We should do more to keep taxpayers and regular home insurance buyers from having to subsidize the unwise decisions of those who ignore geological reality.

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