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Published: Friday, Sept. 13 2013 9:25 p.m. MDT

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My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

I think of all this flooding as nature revenge and its a situation we have all been hoping would not happen. Its all because of development and hundreds of square miles of this valley flood plains have been plowed under and coated with asphalt, concrete and homes. And this is not even a high rain year and the devastation is the precursor for a heavy moisture year in the future.

Utah governemnt has made every effort to localize and condense envelopment disregarding nature and its forces, we have earned this and many more floods to come. I think that the pioneers who settled this valley had more common sense about flood plain and land management than we give them credit for. The pioneers were not a bunch of dummies and understood the powers of natures water, wind, snow, fires, and every thing they did was to coexist with wisdom and knowledge from centuries of experience.

Utah has dismissed wisdom and knowledge and proof of the need for zoning laws, as limiting their greed. Selfish profiteering reveals the wrath of nature because of it. Mud slides, flooding, air pollution year round, grass fires, and increased sickness and premature deaths.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Sorry, but nature doesn't take revenge, and the fact that this isn't a "high rain year" means absolutely nothing when it is an extremely high rain day.

You are right about our development leading to issues in watershed management and dealing with excessive run off. Yes, the money grubbing developers getting rich off marginal water management systems or selling homes under landslide areas are a problem, and should be addressed, no question.

But you are again absolutely wrong about the good old days. Throughout history, people have been affected by floods and other weather related issues, the understanding you ascribe to them did not preclude many of them from being wiped out by floods or fire or other natural disasters.

The only difference now is we tend to be closer together and news of tragedy is seen faster, by far more people. So, the problem hasn't changed, just our awareness of it.

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