Flood outlook: Lower, but drawn out

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE and PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 25, 2011 - 10:19 AM

Swollen rivers may not set records, but water could remain high for a long time, straining flood defenses.

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SupervonMar. 24, 1112:29 PM

Remember, the bigger the disaster the more government workers you need to hire along with expensive consultants. They are so afraid of having their funding cut that they will sell this as a total calamity and you could not have flooding without them. Oh, goodness. What shall we do?

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demonspawnMar. 24, 11 2:41 PM

Here's a thought - don't build in a floodplain. Here's another - once you've been paid off by government insurance (heavily subsidized by those of us who didn't build in a floodplain), you need to move to higher ground.

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burkegenzMar. 24, 11 4:51 PM

I agree with supervon, it is all about money. I have been arguing for a month that this year was nothing out of an ordinary high water spring. Last years projections looked worse, but where was the hue and cry then? Money for flooding-money for security. Keep feeding the government monster!

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scratchwedgeMar. 24, 11 4:58 PM

Here's a thought. If paying for floods bothers you, leave the state. I live in flood plain and I'm not moving, and I'm taking government money every year. No one cares how much you whine.

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birdman5Mar. 24, 11 5:10 PM

Now that Al Gore and much of the left have made millions off global warming and some of the myths the tax payer will get hit even harder. In the meantime Dayton is yelling what about us the people he was screaming that when the left and the Obama administration was digging this whole. The inflation created by the he left is now being used as a tool to redirect how and why we are in the shape we are in along with the multi states that can't pay their bills because of this policy and each month the tax payer has to bail them out. So how and when does the left think we are going to be able to pay back this money and crawl out of this hole???

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mn_cameraMar. 24, 11 5:43 PM

@ supervon: Maybe you'd like to move into a floodplain and leave your house unprotected? Your selfishness is mind-boggling. What part of public safety do you refuse to understand?

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SupervonMar. 24, 1110:24 PM

Well, I called it correctly when I said this would not be record flood. It's a flood and only that. It just does not have some of the underpinnings of the '65 flood and others that had deep frost levels. The northern rivers will fill, but still manageable. Oh, BTW, remember when a few years back when Lake Superior was low and they said it would take 20 years to refill? It's up to normal last year. Why do I bring this up? Because there are too many high-priced "experts" out there trying to scare you and keep their jobs. Remember that at election time.

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JerryVMar. 25, 11 5:38 AM

Supervon, this flood is a long way from being done and we haven't seen the worst. There's alot of snow out in western Minnesota that has to melt and flow past our doors.

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richard47Mar. 25, 11 7:34 AM

we didn't have millions of miles of plastic drain tile until the last few years. that's the elephant in the room. Since government refused to regulate this, government should pay for it.

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commonsens4uMar. 25, 11 8:51 AM

"we didn't have millions of miles of plastic drain tile until the last few years" posted by richard47----------------Not true. I grew up in SW Minn. and we've had drain tile in fields there for 20+ years. This is not a new issue- it's just being made more dramatic, in part by exaggerating and false quotes like yours. Do you have any idea what kind of massive undertaking that would be to install millions of miles of drain tile in just a few years?

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