What Could Have Been

June 22, 2010 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Over the years the Lincoln area has seen many flood control and flood prevention projects. Trouble is, since the floods many of the projects are designed to protect against are so rare, it’s often difficult for the public to know if the projects “worked” and if they were worth the cost. Lincoln hasn’t seen many major flooding events in recent years. How does Joe Public know whether to credit Mother Nature or that $2 million project upstream that was put in place back in 1992? Generally, he doesn’t.

Lincoln has received something like 300-400% of its “average” rainfall for the month of June (so far). That’s a fair amount of water and it’s legitimate to wonder just how beneficial projects along Dead Man’s Run or Beal Slough or whatever have been for basements around the city. It would be nifty if we could occasionally see analyses of “what could have been”. It would help the public understand what we’re paying for. Not that dwelling on the past is necessarily the best use of our resources; if the choice is describing what didn’t happen versus working to prevent what could still happen in the future, I’ll choose the latter. Still, curious cats like me wouldn’t mind the occasional computer simulation.

How many of you know that your situation is improved thanks to completed flood control projects? Do any of you still face regular water problems that could be addressed by the City?

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Fletch June 22, 2010 at 5:57pm

My basement’s been dry, but it’s because I spent a ton of money having it repaired to prevent water coming in. At least this Spring has been a good way to find out of the repairs worked.

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