The wingnuts are crazy about not increasing taxes lest we become socialist, but have they ever wondered how stuff gets done. I happened upon this great site from Seattle Public Utilities. Public indeed:
Help Prevent Flooding and Improve Water Quality
Join over 150 volunteers who are maintaining storm drains, a critical part of our utility infrastructure. During the fall months, a combination of changing weather and falling leaves creates a perfect opportunity for flooding. Unfortunately, our full time drainage crews cannot keep up with the thousands of storm drains that need extra maintenance this time of year. That’s where you come in! Removing dirt, silt and debris from the top of the drain helps prevent flooding and diverts pollutants from streams, creeks and other natural waterways.
Watch a video to learn more about adopting a drain.
God forbid you should actually pay anyone for performing this service. Especially in this economy with all sorts of people being out of work. That would be socialism. America, number one in the GDP, can’t even afford to make sure that the streets don’t flood during winter storms without enlisting the help of volunteers. And if you don’t think this is serious business, tell that to the woman who’s partner was drowned in her basement when a storm drain got clogged.
Meanwhile a dam in Washington is at risk and the Army Corps of Engineers urges homeowners to get flood insurance. I can’t imagine how that conversation will go with the insurance companies. “Hello, yes, I’m told my home is at immenent risk from a flood. Can I have flood insurance.” Click.
Infrastructure is really important. And once again, please monitor that volcano 54 miles from Seattle.