In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Give me a tornado any day

The worst natural disaster in the world has got to be flooding. It might not kill all that many people (at least in a developed country) but the damage it causes is worse than all the others. I've been looking at a few of the CNN clips of flooding in Iowa and reading news stories about the floods in China and other places. That has convinced me that only a complete moron would ever buy a home anywhere near a river or in any basin. You can't predict flooding with any real accuracy and when it hits, there's fuck nothing you can do about it. Even sandbagging your entire house is only likely to provide minimal effect. At least with hurricanes you can board up windows and whatnot.

Really though, it's the aftereffects that are the most damaging part. There's a quote from Thomas Covenant that's stuck with me over the years. Paraphrased, it says that to really hurt a man you take something from him and then give it back to him broken. That just paints flood damage to a T in my opinion. The water damage leaves everything standing but it's now rotted and corrupted and there's a good chance you'll never be able to fix it again. At least if a Tornado picks your house up and drops it, it's just completely flattened and destroyed. It must be easier to let go of it then to know that everything still looks more or less the same on the surface but it damaged beyond repair.
Tags: daily ponder, news, weather

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