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FLOODS: County needs to discourage risky growth

Letter by Tim Tengesdal, Spanaway on April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | 1 Comment »
April 2, 2012 1:19 pm

Re: “County Council wades into flood control again” (TNT, 4-2).

It seems to me, building in a proven flood plain is risky, but living in the recognized path of future lahars is really ill-advised. What strikes me as simply immoral is a Pierce County Council that has allowed large residential developments in the likely path of catastrophic mud flows and now wants taxpayers to pay for their failing flood-control policies, which will most likely encourage further development in these geologically dangerous locations.

If someone feels the advantages of living along our vulnerable river valleys outweigh the risk, that is their business. However, when the county subsidizes development paid for by citizens, who already pay to capture their runoff, that is wrong, smacks of corporate welfare and ignores the potential devastation waiting high on Mount Rainier.

If the real concern is the water treatment plants, county leaders should focus on protecting them. County utility ratepayers already sponsor a golf course few residents can afford, so surely paying for flood-control measures to prevent raw sewage from entering the environment is at least as worthy a project.

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