"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.