FEMA's Flood Maps Are Not a Scam03 Jun 2016
On May 3rd, this article ran in the Hamilton Journal-News.
Long and short is, local business owner Mike Day was quoted as saying, “It just seems to be one more government-intrusive cost that I would have to end up paying because someone deems it necessary, that has probably never stepped foot on this street.”1
The quote bothered me enough, that I posted it on Facebook leading to some commentary.
The important point is that when Day says, “So what rules for flood plains have changed to make them deem it a flood plain now, versus 50 years ago?” it ignores the reality on the ground. In the last 25 years, Main north of the Two Mile has been completely built out, mostly strip commercial. That adds an insane amount of impervious surface with no mitigation. If memory serves, there are several large diameter stormwater drains that empty into the Two-Mile, greatly changing both the surface flow and subsurface hydrology. It makes me wonder if anyone quoted in the article have ever stepped foot on Main Street.
Well, it escalated quickly, and here’s a photo from this afternoon, three blocks away. I imagine that closer to the water, as Day’s business is, is worse.
pretty sure Mike Day was a member of my high school class.
Image stolen from Anchorman.
Full disclosure: I spent some years in Hamilton, Ohio, and am ↩