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Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    September is National Preparedness Month. The Preparedness council has a whole web site and lots of information. The government has broken out four disasters for the 4 weeks of September.

    .gov blurb-
    Week 1: September 1-5th Flood

    Flooding happens every year. Sometimes spring runoff is more than expected. You may live in an area that is prone to flooding and have experience with them. Then there is also the “100 year flood”. That is an occurrence that one cannot prepared for. Or maybe you can

    This Spring monkeys witnessed the flooding at @HK_User's ranch. It took man power to help control things or divert things. I am hoping he will chime in and let us know what he learned and if he has added ‘stuff’ to have on hand since last spring.

    To quote @HK_User -

    Do you know what is above stream from you? Have things change up slope from you that could make flooding a new issue that you have to worry about?

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    Do you have sandbags & tools to help divert the water? HK had equipment available to help things but what if you don't? Do you have a plan for how to reach high ground safely? Many of us do not live in flood prone areas but a lot of rain after a long dry spell can change things quickly.

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    With rain comes mud. So when we plan for flooding, mudslides and a reconfiguration of the streams should be taken into consideration. Are you at risk of mudslides? Is your travel pattern or bug out route an area where mudslides can happen?
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    Nature is hard to plan for. Unpredictable and wild but it happens. Currently we are blessed to have local services and a community that could pitch in but what if they were gone? Also, after flooding land becomes unusable for a while. Then what?
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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    .gov flood facts:

    For the kiddies there are work sheets-
    (attached as pdf hopefully you can open)

    Attached Files:

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  3. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I do not live in a flood plane, and it would need to more than @5' of water before it would get to my basement windows, but the sump pump could fail, and water could flood the basement. I DID have a very good (if old) submersible sump pump and fire hose for that type of problem. But I loaned it to a friend to drain a pool in winter, and he broke it by using it incorrectly.
    I COULD get mad about it, but it ain't worth it. I will scavenge another one, sooner or later.
    As long as the sewers are working, we will never see more than a couple of feet, and that will not even reach the top of the driveway. (Worst flooding we have ever seen here was about 18" at the road.
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  4. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    The water would have to get several hundred feet deep before it reached my humble abode..
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Voompa, voompa, voompa...(ding) NOAH....
  6. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Less than 400 ft would put the whole state of florida under water in that case I will be in my sailboat looking for HIGHER GROUND. Just call me Noah.
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  7. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

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  8. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    A flood does not have to be from flooding low lands until it rises and reaches your home/land.

    Flooding simply means that more water arrives on your land than can be dissipated in a timely manner before it causes damage.
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  9. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Texas’ Record Floods Are the New Normal - Yahoo News

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      Texas’ Record Floods Are the New Normal
      Storm after storm drenched Texas in May—torrential downpours strong enough to cover the entire state in the equivalent of eight inches of water. The nonstop rain caused $45 million in damage in Houston alone, but it also brought short-lived relief from a record-setting five-year drought.
  10. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    Thank you HK... finally a little common sense ...
    Now something with a little bit to do about flooding ...
    I was talking about pumps the other day and was told that if you buy one of them horrible freight pumps as long as you buy the warranty for 10 bucks, you can return it when it breaks and gets a new one ...
    Anyone have any experience with this?
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  11. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @HK_User but butt butt its global warming causing the drought ;)
  12. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    No experience on purchased warranties but:
    What I do know is that they returned my money on a airless sprayer that I used for 8 hours. It did not even come close to the advertised Gph spray time.
    The next day they had a UPS truck pick up the sprayer.
  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I live in a flood plane, Known locally as
    The Cajun Prairie
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  14. natshare

    natshare Monkey+

    Same here, though not quite that high, for me. When we got 17" of rain this past May, the river that runs through the city flooded about 20 feet above normal, which barely missed the record of ~22 feet. I was wondering how much higher than the river I was, so I looked up the city's elevation (assuming it was taken downtown, where the river is located), then downloaded an elevation app on my smart phone, long enough to determine the elevation at my house. I'm ~125 feet high than the river, and pretty much on top of the rise heading north out of town.

    So if the water gets up this high, pretty much the rest of the city, if not the state, is treading water! :rolleyes:
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  15. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I live in the middle of an elevated area. We had so much rain this Spring. I had a stream in my back yard. We cut in the route we wanted the water to take in the pouring rain. One thing that was discovered during the rains was underground avenues for the water. We have lots of voles and the water was going into the vole system and coming out all over. We also had our stream disappear underground and come out about 20-25 feet onto our neighbors property. I some areas we did pile rocks and blocks plus dirt to keep the water in the trench.

    Another thing with heavy rains and flooding is the areas outside of your domain. The edges along dirt roads (paved also) get chewed away at and become dangerous. Plus sink holes can develop. If you live in an area with cliffs, watch for rock slides. If you are driving and see lots of little rocks that have fallen off of cliffs, get out of there. This is a sign that things have loosen above and could be real unstable.
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