Comment 32525

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 29, 2009 at 14:40:04

The Godfather wrote:

Jason, why don't you blame all this rain that we are having on "sprawl" as well.

Sprawl is not to blame for the rain (although to the extent that our persistently bizarre and unpredictable weather is a result of disruptive climate change, the high-carbon throughput associated with car-dependent sprawl is a nontrivial factor), but sprawl is to blame for the destruction of watersheds that once absorbed heavy rainfall.

The engineering of Red Hill from a river valley into a suburban expressway is certainly a factor in the flooding - the man-made Red Hill Canal simply couldn't handle the volume of water.

Also, consider New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina: a major contributing factor to the devastation was the fact that all the coastal wetlands that had previously absorbed storm swells had been paved over and converted into ... sprawl developments.

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