We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I watched that video and wondered how long it will be before some government environmental bureaucrat comes along and sues him to remove the barricade that impedes the natural flow of the river. An unauthorized dam AND no permit! You must pay your bribes up front before you are allowed to build any structure on your property.
How viciously selfish! What a waste of money! I see he's even paying his neighbors to bring sandbags.
That money should have been confiscated and put to a higher purpose. Why should he be allowed to be high and dry while his neighbors suffer? Or the government should now bring him a bunch of his needy neighbors to put up for the duration. And after the deluge is over, this guy will be wealthier still than all his newly-destitute neighbors. It's unfair! Everyone should share the acts of God fairly.
Dumb question #67....and I'm only asking since I know nothing about the topography of that area.
What is the elevation of that property in relation to the river?
Looks to me like there is about 8 feet of water against that dam. And I suspect the river may lie another 8 foot lower then that.
Has this area been inudated before? Could/should that fellow have built his house on stilts? Is now the time to discuss maybe people living on high ground and traveling to their farm land to work that land?