Re: Did the earth move for you too?
- From: David Dyer-Bennet <dd-b@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:24:02 -0500
"Keith F. Lynch" <kfl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
David Dyer-Bennet <dd-b@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have never checked a map in advance of a home purchase other than
to find out where the property was located so I could drive to it.
You really should check out the map. The risks of flooding, for
example, may well not be obvious from a quick drive around the
You'd need a topographic map for that. I'm curious if they can be
viewed online. I have topographic maps of the whole area on one of my
few otherwise blank walls.
Google maps doesn't do full-blown topo maps, but the "terrain" mode
shows at least an approximation; might be enough to decide it was safe
in some case, but would almost certainly leave some open that a more
detailed map would clarify.
And if you know the broader area well enough, and the geography is
right, one can sometimes have decent confidence one is safe without the
map. My previous house was about a mile away from and and over 50 feet
above the Mississippi river; and wasn't on or near a contributory
I consulted them before walking to David
Friedman's temporary home on Friday, to see if there was likely to be
any flooding on the way, as it had just stopped raining after several
days of nearly non-stop rain. (Several people drowned, a trailer park
was wiped out, and a Metro parking lot was flooded to above the tops
of the cars. My apartment and his temporary home were fine.)
Yep, lots of water moving around out there. The lake at work is down
quite a lot today, I noticed, though we had high levels earlier in the
Two of the almost unwalkable roads I recently mentioned, Prosperity
and Guinea, are hilly and prone to flooding in spots. Ironically,
that's when they're safest to walk on, since it's possible to walk
but not drive in knee-deep water.
At least, it's not advisable to drive most vehicles in knee-deep water.
I've been watching Top Gear, a Brit tv show on cars, rather a lot lately
(back episodes), and they don't limit themselves to what's advisable all
that much (of course, what's reasonably safe with a crew off-camera
behind you with lots of equipment is rather different from what's
advisable alone in a car out in the country, too).
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