Actually, the Army Corps of Engineers HAS already paid most, if not all of the people who had houses in the flood plain. It isn't THEIR fault if the people chose to waste it buying other things instead of say...buying property somewhere that wasn't in the flood plain, or at least SAVING it for the day (which they ALL knew could come).If I lived there the government would reiemberse me every dollar and then some. If not the water line under the house of the person who made the decision might have a little problem with it.
They're also sent notifications every years reminding them that they are in the spillway's floodplain. That's not to say that I don't feel for these folks - I absolutely do (used to live in LA and have special memories in a number of affected places). But I think when folks make the choice to live in the floodplain, it isn't the government's job to bail them out of that choice. I don't think people should be forbidden to live in a flood plain, or in a hurricane zone, or any other place that is with extra risk. But I do think they have to understand that they're on their own, they need to take care of themselves, when that risk comes to fruition. That's why I love seeing what these folks are doing to be proactive about taking care of what's their's. Way to go!Actually, the Army Corps of Engineers HAS already paid most, if not all of the people who had houses in the flood plain.
Being that I live in a hurricane zone, I need to address this as impractical. In order to keep people out of a hurricane zone, you would have to forbid people to live in all of the Gulf Coast (TX, LA, MS, AL, FL) and what about the East Coast. NY state has been hit by terrible hurricanes (Hurricane Hazel comes to mind). FL gets hurricanes on all sides. What do we do with all those folks?I don't think people should be forbidden to live in a flood plain, or in a hurricane zone, or any other place that is with extra risk.
While you may have a point there, the fact remains that they live in a floodplain. The floodgate exists because it IS a floodplain.Most of the people that lived there were poor and proababley grew up on the land and they most likely couldent afford to live anywhere else. Also you said that they should have let nature take its course, If they did let it takes its course then the area most likely would not have been flooded because the floodgate wouldent have been opened.
If your home is flooded because of nature then the government shouldent have to reimberse you but when they make a decision to flood one area over another because of population, the people should at least be reimbersed.
Sounds like the whole first story needs to be a garage/shop, with living space above. That'ld fix it.I have the ability to develop it for new housing, but it has to be elevated 1' above the flood stage. So that means uninhabitable space or on wooden, steel or concrete piers.