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A great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.

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Trust me....floods in a densely populated area have no redeeming value.

  • Apr 1, 2010
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Somewhere along the line I recall reading about how beneficial a flood can be for the environment.  Major floods are supposed to be a natural event with a purpose.  A flood is nature's way of returning nutrients to the land and revitalizing wetlands adjacent to a river.  Floods distribute rich sediment and refresh streams.  And in the natural course of events allowing rivers and streams to overflow their banks naturally can prevent more serious flooding downstream.  But all bets are off when a major or historic flood occurs in a concrete jungle in a highly populated area.  This is precisely the situation we are currently facing in my hometown of Cranston, Rhode Island and the surrounding communities.  During the month of March we have received more than 16 inches of rain and in a 48 hour period this past week our state was inundated with more than 9 inches of precipitation.  For our city and state it is a monumental nightmare!

Things were already pretty tough here in Rhode Island even before the rains came.  The unemployment rate is the among the highest in the nation and continues to linger around 13%.  Both the state and our local communities were drowning in red ink.  Drastic cuts were already being made and tax revenues continue to be sluggish at best.  Now we have been clobbered with the worst flooding to hit our area in over 200 years.  The ramifications for our state are grave and the costs to clean up this mess incalculable. The Pawtuxet River crested yesterday at a record 20.7 feet closing route I-95 just outside Providence and creating a logistical nightmare for people trying to get to and from work and for truckers trying to move goods into and around the area.  Meanwhile, Warwick Mall, which is one of the major shopping centers in our state, finds itself engulfed in water as well.  See attached photos above.  Literally thousands of houses have incurred major damage from this unprecedented situation and homeowners have been asked to refrain from flushing toilets, washing dishes or doing laundry because several wastewater treatment plants are now under water.  The Obama administration has declared our state a major disaster area and federal help is already on the ground here.  We are very fortunate in that the have only been no fatalities, no reports of looting and only a few sporadic power outages through all of this.  And at long last the sun is coming out today!  With any luck the situation will improve dramatically over the next 24-48 hours. 

But there is just no getting around the fact the the Great Flood of 2010 will wind up devastating the local economy for months and possibly years to come.  In addition to the loss of sales and payroll tax revenues the final cost of the cleanup will be staggering. The federal government can only do so much.  Scores of businesses already struggling in a weak economy may be forced to close. As I am writing this I just heard that already 40 small businesses in close proximity to Warwick Mall will probably have to be condemnedSadly, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg!  In addition, there is likely to be significant damage to our infrastructure as well.  Costly repairs will have to me made to an as yet undetermined number of highways, dams and bridges.  And by no means is the situation here in Rhode Island an isolated case.  Similar scenarios are likely in communities all across the country as we have thrown common sense to the wind and built on flood plains and other areas likely to be susceptible to these kinds of weather events.  In the meantime, please say a prayer for those here in the Ocean State who have been most affected and while you're at it pray that you never find yourself in a similar situation.     
In highly populated areas flooding has no redeeming values. In highly populated areas flooding has no redeeming values. In highly populated areas flooding has no redeeming values. In highly populated areas flooding has no redeeming values.

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April 03, 2010
I've been watching your situation on the news - you folks SO have my sympathy! I'm on the opposite side of the country from you and every spring there is flooding when the snow pack melts in the mountains. A couple of years ago, there was a massive flood in a large section of the state that had never been flooded before - it was the worst on record. I-5, the major highway through the region, was closed down for days. It cost the state millions of dollars. Some farmers were completely wiped out and, in some cases, they're still trying to recover. I can't even imagine how hard it has to be right for you folks.
April 02, 2010
Thanks for the first hand account of this horrible flood... I'm glad you are alright. It is really tough when a natural disaster strikes at such an economically tense time. I took a walk through our neighborhood with the baby today and we've seen so many flooded neighbors, I consider myself lucky not to have a basement or not to be living near a river! It also took my mother 3 times longer today to get to my house because of all the road closings!
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A flood is an overflow or accumulation of an expanse of water that submerges land.[1] In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may result from the volume of water within a body of water, such as a river or lake, which overflows or breaks levees, with the result that some of the water escapes its usual boundaries.[2] While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, it is not a significant flood unless such escapes of water endanger land areas used by man like a village, city or other inhabited area.

Floods can also occur in rivers, when the strength of the river is so high it flows out of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders and causes damage to homes and businesses along such rivers. While flood damage can be virtually eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, since time out of mind, people have lived and worked by the water to seek sustenance and capitalize on the gains of cheap and easy travel and commerce by being near water. That humans continue to inhabit areas threatened by flood damage is evidence that the perceived value of living near the water exceeds the cost of repeated periodic flooding.

The word "flood" comes from the Old English flod, a word common to Germanic languages (compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float; also compare with Latin fluctus, ...

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