Riverside Realtor Blog - Alma Dizon

Alma shares her experiences and observations as a Realtor in Riverside California.

Friday, February 24, 2006

why are we building in flood plains?

All this talk of levees elsewhere can make us forget that we're doing absurd things in the desert, too. Just because it looks dry doesn't mean that water never comes down here. If anything, we need to remember that when there is water, it comes down fast and hard, giving little time to get out of the way.

New construction is going up on steep slopes and even in flood plains because flat land is fast becoming rare in the Inland Empire. How anyone can get insurance is beyond me. If you're considering buying a new home in a hilly area, be sure to check out natural hazard maps and zone disclosures. The builders ought to have plans for diverting the water, but I'd always ask how well those plans have been tested. After all, can anyone really know what will happen?

Here's an article from the Press Enterprise from Sept. 2005 about construction in flood plains.
http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_B_flood25.2fa7ead.html

1 Comments:

  • At 3/25/2006 9:01 PM, Blogger Nancy said…

    Yes, building in flood plains is really stupid. It is all about greed and then more greed. The bulldozer keeps turning in the Sacramento valley.

    Sacramento Valley was meant to be for farming purposes. It is wonderful agricultural land that is being turned into money making housing projects. It is pretty sad.

    We had two major floods in the past 20 years. Since then, thousands of homes have been built on the flood plains.

    I guess everyone forgot about those horrific floods. Now they would be even worse because of the additional homes that have been built and the continued weakening levees.

    Nancy

     

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