Thursday, August 28, 2008
How To Know If Your Florida Property Will Flood During A Hurricane
If you can see any of the plants or scenery in the picture above, your property will probably have flooding issues during a hurricane or tropical storm.
The more you can find on your property, the more you should think about ...
A) Not buying it ... or buying it and donating it to the local water management district as a wetland preserve.
B) Not whining when you decide to build there and your home floods like Noah's worst nightmare.
C) Moving to Idaho
If you can see any of these animals from your back porch or in a leisurely walk around the neighborhood ... you're property will probably not just flood, but have real artificial reef potential or lake bottom view potential, should a category 4 or 5 come directly ashore.
So, the helpful information above is a little tongue in cheek, but not completely ...
During Fay, which remember was only a minor Tropical Storm, the news reporters showed us flooded neighborhoods, one after another. It was a parade of homeowners standing kneedeep in water and saying, "We've never been flooded like this before."
One of the things that struck me about a lot of those news story scenes is the background scenery in which the flooded subdivision existed. It was all pretty predictable based on the surrounding area.
A flooded neighborhood set in pine flatwoods ... oops, not only are they flat but they are prone to ponding due to a layer of hardpan a few feet down that prevents rapid absorption of rainfall. Plus, in a drought they are tinderboxes ready to burn so it's kind of a double whammy to live there. (Sorry all you folks in Palm Coast, I suppose ITT didn't explain all this when they were carving up Flagler County)
A flooded neighborhood adjacent to a creek, a canal, a swamp, a river ... double oops. That one doesn't even need explaining.
Waterfront property of any kind ... don't even get me started. I understand the appeal, but the risk level is as high as it gets.
Live where you want (Idaho, Idaho, Idaho), but don't whine if you put your home and yourself in harm's way and harm comes to visit.
Oh, and don't ask for my tax dollars to bail out your risky decision.