WE'RE GOING TO PAY BECAUSE OF TEXAS'S LACKADAISICAL ATTITUDE TOWARD PLANNING

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When I was a kid, if you decided to live by a river, you built your house on stilts at least as tall as the last big flood. I'd imagine there was somthing similar going on along the coasts, only their stilts were sized for the last Hurricane.

 

Then We the People got stupid and created the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

NOW when you decide to live by a river or the coast, you build with a basement if the mood strikes, and We the People pay to pump out said basement and rebuild your ground-level home time after time after time.

 

In Texas, where killing people for profit has a centurys old tradition, they compound the cost by allowing people to build "posion plants" in areas that should be zoned "residential" - it's like the entire State wants to become Love Canal because it makes them feel "FREE".

 

IMHO, Hurricanes are the secondary cause of Texan Disasters with the Texas Legislature occupying First Place. That same Legislature that refused to inconvenience idiots and greedmongers needs to come up with the money to rebuild after the disasters THEY allowed to happen.

 

And let us never forget that the ENTIRE Texas deligation to Congress voted NO for aid to the victims of Sandy.

 

Freedom is not free, and its time Texans understood ALL the consequences of that fact.


Just so everyone knows I think you will find there is no zoning anywhere in the state of TX by State law. That is why you find so much building in flood prone areas, and mixing of various types of buildings which would never happen in other states. I think Texas uses this as a come on to get business to locate there, as it does decrease expenses to the business. The rest of us suffer. There are places along the coast that if you get hit once that you can not rebuild by State or local law. Try NJ or Del as examples. That should I think be the Nation Wide law. I would also look at requiring any building in a flood prone area to have flood insurance. In TX it looks like over 2/3 of the people living in flood areas did not have flood insurance, and that would mean higher rates for all who purchased it since only the really flood prone would. They got away with it till now. When you do not buy the insurance you are self insuring so really you should not get help from the taxpayers if the flood hits. You acted as your own insurance Co.

If you want to get flood insurance at a good price require it to be part of every homeowners or business building policy. You have a large pool for rating. My guess is that it would not cost very much as most people do not get flooded out. It would be worth it to all. Fact is we might even save more than we pay for it in lower taxes as not having to fund something like we have in Texas.

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When I was a kid, if you decided to live by a river, you built your house on stilts at least as tall as the last big flood. I'd imagine there was somthing similar going on along the coasts, only their stilts were sized for the last Hurricane.

 

Then We the People got stupid and created the National Flood Insurance Program.

 

NOW when you decide to live by a river or the coast, you build with a basement if the mood strikes, and We the People pay to pump out said basement and rebuild your ground-level home time after time after time.

 

In Texas, where killing people for profit has a centurys old tradition, they compound the cost by allowing people to build "posion plants" in areas that should be zoned "residential" - it's like the entire State wants to become Love Canal because it makes them feel "FREE".

 

IMHO, Hurricanes are the secondary cause of Texan Disasters with the Texas Legislature occupying First Place. That same Legislature that refused to inconvenience idiots and greedmongers needs to come up with the money to rebuild after the disasters THEY allowed to happen.

 

And let us never forget that the ENTIRE Texas deligation to Congress voted NO for aid to the victims of Sandy.

 

Freedom is not free, and its time Texans understood ALL the consequences of that fact.

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And again, we'll be paying for TEXAS and its independent attitude toward government regulation and protections.

 

The residents of TEXAS will pay the most because of the loss of their homes but the citizens of all the other states are going to have their pockets PICKED also because of the inaction of CITY and STATE government in TEXAS so that they could thumb their nose at the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

 

Can you believe that HOUSTON has no formal zoning code. Any building can go anywhere. There is no preserving of green space, no management of growth. There is a lackadaisical attitude toward building inspections and other protections. Even the state of TEXAS has no statewide building codes.

 

As a result, the proliferation of concreted areas (no drainage) has increased 32% from 2001 to 2011 in Houston. People were put needlessly in harm's way. Storm damage was needlessly worse than it should have been.

 

ALL SO TEXAS COULD THUMB ITS NOSE AT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!

 

So gas is up, sewage is flowing all around Houston, fire ant colonies are floating from neighborhood to neighborhood, contaminated water is bubbling up, and mold is growing.

 

AND GUESS WHO'S POCKETS THE MONEY FOR THIS CLEAN-UP WILL BE LIFTED FROM????

 

The next two paragraphs portends what is to come.........

 

When THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY was asked about the planning for the rebuilding of the affected areas in TEXAS; the TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY said contact FEMA.

 

When FEMA was asked about the planning for the rebuilding of the affected areas in TEXAS; FEMA said contact THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

 

Either way, it is the citizens of the rest of the country that are now having to pay for the "TEXAN" independent and lackadaisical attitude vis-a-vis regulation and safety.

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/harvey-exposes-houstons-long-history-of-bad-city-planning/...

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