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PIERCE COUNTY: Help with flood control funds

Letter by Helen K. Ellingson, Sumner on Nov. 22, 2010 at 11:48 am with 7 Comments »
November 26, 2010 1:45 pm

Re: “Flood board faces legal challenges” (TNT, 11-20).

With due respect to the Lakewood City Attorney Heidi Wachter, I would like to say that I understand her calm. She must not be among the hundreds whose land is either being eaten by raging waters or whose very homes are threatened each time flood season approaches.

For years those of us who do have consistently cried for help as we watch silt and rock fill the river bottoms, causing water to come higher and deposit its toxic materials on our land. Perhaps you cannot understand how greatly we appreciate the listening ears that have recently come to our aid.

The dredging that was once a preventative measure, done regularly for flood control, has been regulated against for many years. The claim is that the fish and spawning would be disturbed. But the fish grow fewer, we homeowners grow more anxious every year, our very homes having been invaded, either wholly or partially in the past.

Until recent extensive studies have shown that flooding poses a huge detriment to our county as a whole, our cries have meant little. We would beg you to help us, and the county in which you safely live. A few dollars annually does seem so little, but countywide it would help immensely.

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  1. My parents used to own a cabin on a river. Every year, in the spring that river flooded. Most years during the run off you had to take a boat in, cars couldn’t make it. In bad years, like the one a year or two after they bought, the water got so high that it flooded the cabins, even ours and it was on the highest piece of ground and was 10 steps up to get in it. It was called a flood plain. Everyone knew about it and dealt with it. Now I grant you that these were cabins and not lived in year round. But with my experience having this cabin I would never own a home on a river. Because the river will have it’s way.

    And what do you mean by toxic deposits? Do you mean actual man made toxins in the river water that are deposited on your land in a flood or are you talking about river silt. Because if only the silt it’s suppose to be deposited on your land. Where does everyone think the rich, fertile, farm land along the rivers came from?

    We have messed up by trying to lock the rivers into the beds they occupied when we got here. The same screw up all over the country..heck the world. Rivers aren’t suppose to be locked in, they are suppose to meander. If you want to live on or near a river fine, but be prepared to deal with what the river will throw at you.

  2. I bought a house on a hill. How about if everybody in the county donates $5 to my neighborhood each year to pay for the extra damage we sustain in wind storms?

  3. Wind damage is covered by standard home owners insurance, flood damage is not.

  4. If you live in a flood plain you HAVE to buy flood insurance.

  5. RV – no you don’t, and there are many who can not afford to buy it.

  6. xring — You can only get around it if you own your home and property free and clear. No lending institution can loan you money for a house on property in a flood plain without requiring you to carry flood insurance.

    You’re probably thinking of all those people in Chehalis a few years ago who didn’t have flood insurance. That area had not been designated a flood plain so they didn’t have to carry flood insurance.

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