While I empathize with the people impacted, I am intrigued that a large
motivation for the declaration is to get money from the federal government. My,
how Utah leaders speak out of both sides of their mouths.
Countless years of badmouthing Democrats and President Obama.Years of
rhetoric concerning the evil of government handouts. Whining about too much
government in their lives........shades of Saint George and the majority
of Utah.Sorry for their conundrum right now, sorry for their loses...but
flood occurred in a low geographical area, obvious to all that area is subject
to flooding should their be heavy rains. How about the flimsy earthen dam?Possibility that home owner's neglected in discussing the need for flood
insurance in the questionable flood zone? Will Utah/St. George home insurance
industry make a statement regarding this? Would paying an extra $300 a
year, have provided the assistance, clean up, repair, and replacement those
unfortunate families so desperately need at this time?Climate change in
the desert? Prepare for more of this sort of thing.
Re: no fit in SG....you need to get more informed before making comments.
It's not the fault of the homeowners for not having flood insurance. If you
investigate the FEMA flood maps for this area you will find that they are NOT in
a flood zone requiring flood insurance. However, this is the fault of the
mappers and FEMA. Everybody that lives below a dam or a dike should be
considered living in a flood zone. The dam or dike need to be considered
"temporary" until it fails or breaks someday. These structures
don't last forever. So if anybody is at fault, it would be the
FEMA flood maps for NOT placing these residents in a potential flood zone.
I think all the folks down in Santa Clara who support the ridiculous rhetoric of
folks like Herbert and Mia Love, if they have any integrity at all, should be
protesting Herbert's decision - and instead be tin-cupping their neighbors
for money to get their homes repaired, and grabbing a shovel to fix their dam
themselves. Or, before they get a penny from the Federal government, they need
to made to hand in their "Don't Tread On Me" flags and slap an
"I'm a hypocrite" sticker next to all the anti-Obama and
anti-gummint stickers on the backs of their pick-up trucks.
Well did Mitt Romney say that there are 47% of Americans "who are dependent
upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government
has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to
health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an
entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for
this president no matter what. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ...
[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they
should take personal responsibility and care for their lives"...I just didn't know Herbert and the people of Santa Clara were part of
that 47% and are, by Romney's logic, unwavering supporters of Barack
"If approved, Utah would become eligible for federal disaster assistance for
public infrastructure."========== This is EXACTLY
what I hate most about Republicans.The constant bemoaning and
trashing talking "Socialist" agenda by those of us on the evil
"Leftie" Dark-side of the Universe...And being the very Very
1st in line at the Government Pig-trough, Tin-Cup begging and Tell
you what Utah Republicans....Get your good hearted neighbors pay for
it - not those in other States,Get your Bishop to pay for it - it's
in HIS Ward Boundaries, And wasn't Gov. Herbert just bragging about
Utah having an $85 Million SURPLUS just 2 days ago?What a hypocrite!
Sometimes,,,,,,Common sense trumps everything else.
AlbertSo if anybody is at fault, it would be the FEMA flood maps for NOT
placing these residents in a potential flood zone.Nope I would blame
greedy developers and real estate, the same who sold homes on top of a dump in
Spanish ForkThe same ones building on the side of the hill with no
bedrock. The ones who build below a 100 year old earthen dam.The
cities take money for the permits but no responsibility for what happens once
the cash is collected.Yep push the blame back on Washington (FEMA) instead
of your greedy inept developers and city planners.I doubt Brigham would
have let them build below the dam.
I'm a big fan of "modern marvels" formerly on the history channel,
I think on H2 now. There are some 20 or so episodes of "Engineering
Disasters" each covering 4 or so disasters. One thing I've realized
from this program is that engineers always fail. Not often, but they always will
at some point. Because of budget constraints and lack of foresight and because
they are human. So...if you're buying or building, know where the water
flows, where the pipes are laid, where the wires are buried, and everything else
you can find out about the home. Due diligence can prevent buying or building in
flood prone areas. It can also help you decide if you need flood insurance.