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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    Millions of people live in flood zones and hurricane zones. And they are often the poorest.

    Have you ever seen the number of trailer parks along rivers? Sad. People with few options, usually renting, and they lose everything every few yrs. (not always the same people over and over of course, but sometimes
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    Like the fat guy on Saturday Night Live who lived in a van down by the river, eh?

    If you want a nice house on a hill with a car elevator you have to pay a little more.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Yea, right. Been here 45 years, don't plan on leaving.



    I hear you, anywhere that you live has some kind of hazard.

    I moved from Louisiana to Oregon get away from the hurricanes, all that you have to worry about in Oregon is earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and landslides.
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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I hear you, anywhere that you live has some kind of hazard.
    Everything has its hazards.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    How do you die from this then? Does a mile-wide mudslide just sneak up on you? If I wasn't at my car, I'm close enough that I can get to it and drive off at 5x that speed before dying.
    I don't think they saw it coming. Cars on the road with people inside were buried alive under several feet of mud. They can't get help to them because the mud is like quick sand and would just swallow them up. It's a worst nightmare situation.

    Here's a video of a guy driving in reverse to escape a mud slide.....

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I don't think they saw it coming. Cars on the road with people inside were buried alive under several feet of mud. They can't get help to them because the mud is like quick sand and would just swallow them up. It's a worst nightmare situation.
    They saw it like you see an arrow coming at you. Not much time for anything except realizing you are about to get stuck with an arrow.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Like the fat guy on Saturday Night Live who lived in a van down by the river, eh?

    If you want a nice house on a hill with a car elevator you have to pay a little more.
    Screw those poor people huh.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Screw those poor people huh.



    That's not what I say, but that's what the local government that let those people live in that dangerous location did.

    None of those people had to die. They are dead because their local government didn't do it's job.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    I'm not really into blaming the victims at this point. In fact, I think victim-bashing is pretty damned tacky right now.

    There are almost 200 people unaccounted for, and likely dead. The mud is anywhere from 15 feet to 40 feet deep (depending on which news source you're listening to), it covers a solid square mile of area, hampering ingress for rescuers and egress for anyone still alive. It is a damned tragedy of catastrophic proportions for those involved, and until and unless solid evidence that the state government knew the area was a hazard zone for building and was knowingly negligent in issuing building permits, I'm not ready to blame anybody or anything beyond mother earth and mother nature.

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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by rhinefire View Post
    We lose sight sometimes how deadly the history of weather is. This planet is a dangerous place to live.
    It is, and yet no one seems to want to move.
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    Re: 14 dead; 176 reports of people missing in mile-wide mudslide

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    That's not what I say, but that's what the local government that let those people live in that dangerous location did.

    None of those people had to die. They are dead because their local government didn't do it's job.
    How is their local government going to stop a mudslide?
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