Typical flash flooding in the streets. Some areas got 5~7 inches in fewer
hours.. Swingman's street flooded but that is not unusual and his house
sets considerably higher than the street, by design. He is in side the
Loop. I am out side the loop about 20 miles west, got 2.5" over 5 hours
and hardly saw any water in the streets at all.
No harm, no foul.
Glad to see damage was limited.
To bad, but it appears about the only good thing that happens
in urban areas is that heavy rainfall clears the streets before
finding the drains.
If some type system existed to capture heavy rains and send them
back to the aquifer, it would eliminate a lot of water rights fights.
We do have have a system for capturing rain for future use, we call it Lake
Houston. That lake probably handles half of the Houston Metro area. That
said, our bayous direct the water to the bay and gulf within a few hours
after the rain stops.
That helps to solve the short term flooding problem but unfortunately
is doesn't address the longer term issue of rebuilding the aquifers
which have taken a beating in the SouthWest the last few years.
On 5/1/2013 12:14 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I was kinda wondering that myself. If the SW simply had the rain fall
each year that we do they would be looking for ways to get rid of the
I think they problem in the SW is that you build large communities in
the arid desert and expect the water supply to hold up.
In newer development (at least some of the time), those "run-off ponds"
are required. I don't know the details.
But cities Have Learned from experience.
In the words of a civil engineer (not me), if you strip the land and
remove the natural flow of the water,
you have to create somewhere for the water to go (now).
Actually since the great flood in Houston 12 years ago developers have
been putting in retention ponds for the sewer water to collect before
eventually ending up in of of the many bayous. Many retention ponds
don't retain water for the purpose of conservation but mainly for added
value for a lot that is adjacent to one.
The biggest reason for these ponds is not so much because of the
disruption of the natural water flow so to speak, concrete simply does
not let water reach the ground. The ground would soak up the water if
Yes, that's what I was saying. You end up with a whole lot of water
somewhere where you don't want it. I think you should be corrected for
correcting me on this point ("simply does not let the water reach the
ground" --sheesh!). : )
I know it rained there July 11, 2011... got wet while riding my bicycle
through there with my son on our trip from La Junta, CO to Pasco, WA....
Judging by what I saw of that area I'd think days like that would be
memorable.... it was clearly VERY dry there normally!
Safety is my motivation as well, I have worked since 1984 in various
woodworking industries and I still have all ten, I hope to keep it that
way. It would be a shame to spend all those years in industry and lose
a bunch of fingers at home in my waning years.
I have used others T-fence saws, but not long enough to develope
confidence in their accuracy, this is just a experience thing and will
Set it and forget it.
I dialed mine into just a few thousandths of perfect. I never noticed any p
roblem. Checked it once lately after more than a year and was still pretty
much where I left it. I am very careful with it but I have a cabinet maker
using it too and he jambs all kinds of big stuff through it.
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