Dike breaks, damaging homes and businesses in Santa Clara

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Sept. 12, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Somehow I am guessing that very few if any of these people will be waiting in a line for 3 days to get a government-issued credit card for free food and supplies...... Their wards will probably have it cleaned up in days.

    While obviously building here was ill-conceived, it cannot be compared to the massive ignorance of those who continue to build and live in New Orleans, which is BELOW SEA LEVEL.

    I for one am truly tired of footing the bill every 7 years to repair what should have been abandoned decades ago.

  • mpoulter Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    I agree with toosmartforyou's comment - and want to add another point. I blame the government for approving/zoning the area for housing. We have so much land, why do we zone any for residential that is in such a direct path of water?

    I empathize with the victims, I honestly do. I just wonder why the developer was allowed to build there to begin with.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 11, 2012 7:50 p.m.

    This seems like building your house on the sand. While I feel sympathy and compassion for the victims, the public needs to learn that the government can't do everything for them. Don't build in a drainage swell, even if you've never seen it flood. I understand one family has been flooded out 4 times; two would be my limit, if that, and I'd be out of there.

    Now Uncle Sam will probably be called upon to "pay for the mess" that poor maintenance resulted in causing. Or was it poor design? I see no spillway at the top of the levy. I think 2005 and the two floods in New Orleans would have folks think through things just a little more thoroughly.

    Good luck with the cleanup.