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  •  It's still global warming, but local effects can (5+ / 0-)

    be weird indeed.

    Down here in the Fox Valley in Illinois, recent rains brought the Fox river to  record or near-record heights (too busy bailing to check which). Floods all over the place, and yet...
    The year before the river was lower than I've ever seen it and the local farmers had to be concerned about their crops.

    I suspect that mitigation will end up taking the form of moving to different locations for some.  The incredible cost of trying to pretend nothing's changed will leave us with some terrible choices.  Wouldn't surprise me at all to see New York City abandoned.

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    by dinotrac on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:56:32 AM PDT

    •  Heard anything about FEMA buyouts by you? (3+ / 0-)

      I'm a big fan of the forest preserves, and I think the time has come to return all of the flood plaines to nature, or at the most farm fields.  The way I see it, every single home that had first floor flooding from last week's rains should not be rebuilt.  They should all be bought out, torn down and restored to be wetlands that will absorb the next big flood.

      I think over 100 homes in Des Plaines are going to have to be torn down.  Sad, but really they never should have been built that close to the river to begin with.

      •  I haven't, but it makes sense to me. (1+ / 0-)
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        Just because people decide to build somewhere doesn't mean those buildings should stand.

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        by dinotrac on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 10:34:22 AM PDT

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