A few years ago in my little po-dunk town here in the upper northern plains, we had a group of “experts” who approached our city council and demanded that funds be allocated to a city project in such disarray that if neglected, would cause the city more headaches and financial problems in future years than they cared to cope with.
The project was named: “100-year Flood Plan” and the “experts” did a bang up job of informing the city council that a certain area of the city in which I live, would experience massive flooding if their “projections” were accurate.
The “experts” brought their trusty slide shows and a few randomly generated computer simulations of what they believed MIGHT happen if the 100-year flood plan wasn’t enacted, and quite honestly, it looked really, really good. As a general citizen, I did happen to view the presentation online and was thoroughly impressed with their efforts, but I wasn’t sold.
I wasn’t sold on it for a couple of reasons. First because our city had already undertaken a number of projects that the tax payer was funding, and with the federal and state governments already taking their hefty bite out of my pocket book, I didn’t believe that this was something our little city could afford. And second, their computer simulations were just that…computer simulations.
I’ve lived in this town for over 40 years and witnessed some torrential spring rains, but never had I witnessed flooding to the extent of which their computer simulations created.
On top of that, my grandfather was an engineer and worked with other city planners and engineers to create a flood plan for our city back in the 1970’s. That flood plan was perfectly executed to allow rain water to flow into multiple large, deep runoffs that would take it outside the city and fill basins or lakes that were man-made.
However, the new plan didn’t allow for that, instead it just funded a group of engineers to widen ONE of the existing runoffs and coat it with concrete.
Our little po-dunk city has grown quite a bit in the last 40 years and not creating a new runoff that would allow rain water to move in another direction outside the city, was just a pathetic mistake by these so-called “experts”.
The city council bought what the “experts” told them and decided to approve the issue, thus allocating a few million dollars of tax payer money to the project.
Skip ahead five years to May 6, 2015.
That night a low pressure system moved through our pathetic little community and brought along with it a stationary front that stalled out just to the north of us. This created the “perfect storm” and an even more “perfect test” for the “100-year flood plan”.
We received nearly 6 inches of rain in a 12 hour period and guess what happened?
The areas of the city that were supposed to be protected from floods… Flooded.
Why? Because even though the “experts” made the ONE runoff wider, they failed to make it deeper. Instead, they raised the bottom of it and leveled it off to make it more shallow so that…
you’re gonna love this…
So that skateboarders could use it during the summer. How pathetic is that?!
These same “experts”…or as I like to call them, “educated idiots”, also predicted that during our state’s last severe drought, a man-made reservoir that was so low would take 30 years to fill up again. Their computer models proved it over and over again.
Expert prediction: 30 years!
Reality: It took seven days of torrential spring rains to fill it up so much that they had to open the flood gates on the dam to let some of the water out! LOL.
That always makes me laugh.
So, can you see why I don’t follow these educated idiots and why I question their opinions?
Taking the opinion of an “expert” at face value and not researching their findings to be able to ask the right questions is pathetic!