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Beware the coming flood

February 21, 2010
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

We have a very high snow pack over our watershed. This should be a fair warning to those who live in a flood plane. We are in a classic scenario for an historic flood. I hope I'm wrong.

The dams on the Ohio River are not flood control dams. They are just the opposite. These are navigational dams designed to keep water high in times of low water, a minimum of 9 feet. The flood control dams are those of the Muskingum Watershed Conservatory District - Tappan, Leesville, Atwood, etc.

Adopt the motto of the Boy Scouts - be prepared.

Sadly, no one ever heeds the advice of geology professor Willard B. Phelps of Ohio University in Athens, who said, "I don't care if you people never remember one thing from this class, but never forget this statement - don't invest one dollar on a flood plane."

Jim Rinaldo


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