Saturday, January 15, 2005

Flood Update

Damage estimates now exceed $170 million in the Santa Clara Floods.

Raw sewage is becoming a real problem. Approximately 1.5 million gallons per day is flowing into both the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers. Sewer line repairs were expected to be completed by Sunday night.

It is estimated that 20,000 lineal feet of rock will be needed to line the banks of the river to prevent further erosion. This will cost somewhere between $40-60 million.

Only 152 homeowners in Washington County were covered by National Flood Insurance. Nearly all of those who lost their homes were not covered. Many of them will have to declare bankruptcy. Some of the homes lost were in the $2-3 million price range.

Looming in the background are the Pine Valley Mountains. Huge amounts of snowfall have fallen there. These mountains are headwaters of the Santa Clara River. Depending on how rapidly that snow melts, there could be more flooding of the river in days or weeks to come. Hopefully the snow pack will melt gradually, causing no further damage.

Various banks and credit unions are accepting donations on behalf of the flood victims. I have encouraged them to create links on their web sites to enable credit card donations via the Internet. That way people who may not live anywhere near one of the bank branch locations, can make a donoation (from anywhere in the world). I will post a link to help the flood victims, as soon as one of them provides the link.

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