Hurricane Season 2016

Hurricane Season 2016 {how will they scare you?}

Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy came at an interesting point in humanity. When social media and almost instant “updates” had made their way into our lives.

And oddly enough, as both of those hurricanes have been long gone, they still live on as if they were here yesterday.

So the “official” weather forecasters have declared their so-called predictions for the upcoming year, pronouncing how many “major” storms will affect the mainland, etc.

(Their predictions are often way off!)

Then, the populous will “discuss amongst themselves…” and talk about doom and destruction. Of course the politicians will be in the shadows asking for money for the next “100 year storm” that will devastate an area that is in a known flood zone. It’s nonsensical!

We’ve said in the past – that living in certain areas comes with KNOWN RISKS. Why can’t we just learn to adopt those sentiments?

No, the “powers that be,” re-frame that into what amounts to a “wrong” that needs to be “righted.”

“We need to fix these flooding problems!!!”


Hurricane Season 2016

There has to be a more logical way!

See, I like thinking logically most of the time. And when I see people chattering about “what needs to be done (insert cause here),” I first ask “why?”

If you invite thousands of humans to live in a KNOWN risky zone, who deserves to ask why bad things might happen?

Then to get millions of dollars (which came from hard-working people) to “fix” the said issue seems pretty shitty.

Can we use common sense once in our lifetime?

I suppose I’ll re-iterate what I’ve said in the past. If you live in a flood zone, be prepared for the consequences.

You know, if Hoboken can miraculously solve the flooding issues one day – I’d be happy for the city and their residents. It would be a big “relief,” that’s for sure.

But I’m not sure it’s entirely possible. And even if it is, it comes with other risks.

“Mitigating” flooding here, means that WATER goes elsewhere. They’ll tell you it just “goes out to sea,” which sounds nifty on paper, but it usually goes towards the path of least resistance.

If the entire Hudson River basin can be laid out in a way for the water to “re-direct” to a harmless place – superb!

It would take trillions of dollars to make this area storm proof, and even then you would never be 100% certain (knowing the track record of fuck-ups…)

The politicians all sing the same tune. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if someone actually spoke truthfully? “Yeah, these flood plans sound neat, but we’re not going to do that. Waste of money that could be put towards more worthy causes today.” Never gonna happen.

The modern day equivalent to circling the drain.

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Seems like there are a couple of things going on here. First, you are right, Hoboken is going to flood once in a while, given the geography/topology. But one of the worst problems about that flood is the combined sewer wastewater system that has the effect of using that flood to spread human waste in places it shouldn’t and wouldn’t otherwise be (like in the lobby of my building). Second, the topological mistakes made in our development. That is, the land locked areas in town that are virtual ponds because they are lower than adjacent developed land. Isn’t one solution to both of these issues to seal off the sewer system to surface water (so that only sewerage goes into the sewage pipes and then only directly to the treatment plant) and surface water has to dissipate by gravity to the river, down gutters, down roads, through culverts? Then, for the few places that are essentially “ponded” focus on a single purpose drainage pipe to the river for much less toxic surface water only. The consequence of this would be that, yes, in storms like Iris or Sandy, parts of Hoboken will flood with river or rain water, but within mere hours that water will recede and there will be no toxic aftermath . . . not a perfect solution by a long shot, but at least it addresses one of the most dangerous and destructive aspects of our current infrastructure design. There must be flaws in this line of… Read more »