In desperate times, people are prone do doing crazy things that result
in loss of life. Sometimes in large numbers.
2 Nov 2004 and 7 Nov, 2000 spring to mind. :-)
That's all well and good if you have the means to do so. I'm sure that
some figured they could "ride it out." I'm equally certain that many,
many more did not leave because of lack of ability or resources to do
Swim out the window, before they go under and climb on the roof?
Bear in mind NO flooded the day after the storrm.
I would still take my chances out in the storm instead of dying a slow
death in the attic.
I have been in a couple hurricanes in the last year or so and I do
keep PFDs in the house but I would have a house full of float tested
rafts if I didn't,
Drown or climb. What would you do?
I would climb.
Frankly after seeing all this if I did not live on a hill I would seriously
be considering what non-power tools I needed to store in the attic to make
it to the roof.
I liked the woman that used her refrigerator as a boat. Both her and
her dog survived in that fridge. The door was facing up, and she just
floated. She said it was a rough ride, but she made it. She deserves
praise for good thinking. (This was on the tv news).
On 8/31/2005 7:29 PM US(ET), Goedjn took fingers to keys, and typed the
It should be code to have one in areas that are below sea level. I
sometimes I wish that I had one to get out onto the second floor roof to
make repairs or installations, rather than using a 30' ladder. As for an
emergency exit in the case of flooding, I'm 400' above sea level and
even if all the ice caps melted all at once, I'll still be 140' above
sea level (the Tsunamis created by the sudden melting would probably get
I dont understand this. Apparently they dont always put windows in
the attics in that area. I dont think I have ever seen a house
without one or more windows in the attic. Common sense says that when
the water is up to your chest and you are in an attic, it's time to
break a window and swim. Yet, on the news they were showing rescuers
using chainsaws and sawing thru roofs. That tells me there were no
On Wed, 31 Aug 2005 17:04:19 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
On Wed, 31 Aug 2005 23:48:53 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
These are not generally a "stand up" attic. The pitch is uaually 3:12.
If the house is really designed with wind storm in mind there won't be
a gable end either. They will slope down on all 4 sides so there are
no flat vertical surfaces to blow in.
No tall attics are meant to be habitable. Many are just a space above the
ceiling and only a small hatch to access it. Mine has gable vents, no floor
except a couple of planks down the center. If I could get there in rising
water and save my life, I'd give it a try. You get desperate when death is
Never seen a hip roof? You must live in an older city (pre-1950s), and not
get out much. From the post-WWII era, right up until the modern drywall
McMansion era with multiple faux gables, hip roofs (at least on one-story
houses) were considered to make the house seem more low-slung and
modern-looking. Makes the attic space (if you can call trusses an attic)
harder to vent, but what the hell, it looks sleek.
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