Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Woodlands Flooding, not and Act of God
Joe Robinson made the statement below. He is referring to the rain on the 26th. What about the other 3 flooding events that were NOT excessive rain?
"We cannot design for the really heavy rain events," Robinson said, "just like we can't design McFarland Boulevard to handle (University of Alabama football) game-day traffic. Sometimes, you're just going to have that flooding regardless." (Tuscaloosa News)
Joe also said:"Joe Robinson, head of the Office of the City Engineer, said his office has documented three occasions of flooding on Hargrove Road in the past three months. He said he thinks they're all linked to the Woodlands development. Until the development was built, Robinson said the last time he recalled flooding across Hargrove Road near Snow Hinton Park was in 1979." (Tuscaloosa News)
"Frederick, in 1979, dumped heavy rainfall across much of the eastern United States: 8 to 12 inches"
4 floods in 4 months is just BAD PLANNING!
While Maddox and others have expressed concern about the effect The Woodlands has had on the Hargrove Road drainage basin — concerns that have kept the city from issuing a certificate of occupancy for the 350-unit complex — they take issue with the claim that poor city oversight allowed the problem. (Tuscaloosa News)
The mayor and council have "taken issue" with almost everything I have ever said. You decide who is right. Do you really want this to continue? Tell the city you want a watershed management expert on the planners and or council and an independent wetland and stream assessment. (Not from a local engineer who caters to developers) We have paved far too much of our headwater streams for profit while not protecting downstream residents. Change politics or change politicians (That's my opinion.)