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  • soulcandy Jul 3, 11:24 a.m.

    "Well the greedy politicians want the tax revenue so they approve this stuff."

    There's a solution for that you know, stop voting them into office!! And hold them accountable while they are there. Unfortunately you have keep reminding them who they work for. Not necessarily the ones that pay their bills.....

  • chrisnrali Jul 3, 9:58 a.m.

    "so they won't know which areas are more prone to flooding. "
    unless they are legally blind, common sense should tell you that certain low lying areas could flood. So, don't live there.

  • Pooter McGooter Jul 3, 9:55 a.m.

    Who is condemning the residence of chapel hill? It is not their fault that it has rained so much. It doesn't make any sense.

  • momcat49 Jul 3, 9:20 a.m.

    I lived in Camelot Apartments (as they were then) from June of 1971 until the fall of 1979 in an end unit near the creek. I had at one time a picture of myself standing in the middle of the parking lot with water up to my knees. The flood water came up to my doorstep, and I had mud coming into my bathtub through the drain. You would have thought this would have been useful information imparted to those who bought these units after they became condominiums!

  • publicassistance Jul 3, 9:00 a.m.

    "Building inspectors have condemned most of Camelot and a lot of homes elsewhere. Many cannot be rebuilt under current rules." - unc70

    This might be an opportunity for CH to be rid of that eyesore Camelot village. They have deteriorated over the years and are repeatedly flooded. Crime has risen there and they stay in a state of disrepair. Time for them to be removed.

    Even Brookwood should never have been build down on the floodplain. It floods all the time as well...

  • matt_wood Jul 3, 8:21 a.m.

    "Froggygirl, why do you specifically mention "students" in your post?"

    I think her point was that the majority of the students are not local, so they won't know which areas are more prone to flooding.

    "Well the greedy politicians want the tax revenue so they approve this stuff."

    Just like they're about to approve a bill that would remove the restriction of installing landfills in flood plains. Just imagine how horrible floods in those areas will be...

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 3, 8:10 a.m.

    Stay safe my beloved Tarheels, Wolfpack, and Blue Devils..

  • unc70 Jul 2, 7:31 p.m.

    Back hen Camelot was built as apartments (now mostly condos), the official floodplain maps looked really different than now. Almost all such maps for NC greatly underestimated the threats. Remember how wrong they were with Hurricane Floyd? Plus changes way upstream can cause faster runoff.

    Building inspectors have condemned most of Camelot and a lot of homes elsewhere. Many cannot be rebuilt under current rules. Orange County has been declared a disaster area. With luck, some of these areas can qualify under Federal programs to buyout or relocate people from flood-prone areas.

    This flooding was the worst I've seen in CH the last 50 years. 2-4 feet higher near Camelot. Other areas that have never flooded before -- Granville Towers, homes near the top of hills but lower than the rest of the "top".

    This is not about greedy politicians wanting the revenue. Floods impose huge costs on gov and individuals.

  • Pulling for the Tarheels Jul 2, 7:13 p.m.

    Froggygirl, why do you specifically mention "students" in your post?

  • beaupeep Jul 2, 6:48 p.m.

    Well they can add "no free flood insurance" to their Moral Monday agenda.

  • busyb97 Jul 2, 6:45 p.m.

    @whatelseisnew....you do realize that you can have a flood occur and it not be weather related. Insurance companies do what they darn well please too often, and I'm sorry- sewage backup flooded your lower level? Water main burst? so sorry..you didn't have flood insurance.

    So yes- for a little bit more each year (I think it would run us about $400 a year for us not in a flood-zone), isn't that the purpose of insurance? To be prepared for the what-if in life? You don't know that you'll have a fire, but you have insurance to cover it, yes? You don't know that you'll get robbed...but you expect insurance to cover it. NO one plans on a flood.

    I agree though....why do they put homes like this in zones known to flood?

  • whatelseisnew Jul 2, 6:24 p.m.

    "These apts. and condos should never have been built in a floodplain (Univ. Mall and Eastgate too)--too risky."

    Well the greedy politicians want the tax revenue so they approve this stuff.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 2, 6:24 p.m.

    "insurance providers not including flood coverage in renters insurance is like having health insurance and not being covered by being struck by lightning - because its an "act of god"."

    Really, so you want ALL policies to cover flooding whether it is needed or NOT? I assume you are willing to pay what will be much higher PREMIUMS. Guess what, earthquake is not covered, mudslides, and landslides. Insurance is available but it requires separate coverage and more money. Where I am located, I have ZERO need of flood insurance and I do not want insurance companies to be forced to include it in all policies because again as with ObamaCare I will be forced to pay for insurance for things I do not want to insure. I am happy with my current home insurance policy and with my current health insurance, the later being no longer available to me effective Jan 1st.

  • froggygirl Jul 2, 6:03 p.m.

    Makes you wonder why people live there, but then, how many knew--students, especially?

  • jeff27577 Jul 2, 5:52 p.m.

    insurance providers not including flood coverage in renters insurance is like having health insurance and not being covered by being struck by lightning - because its an "act of god".

    agreed

  • dsdaughtry Jul 2, 5:48 p.m.

    insurance providers not including flood coverage in renters insurance is like having health insurance and not being covered by being struck by lightning - because its an "act of god".

  • nano Jul 2, 5:40 p.m.

    I hate that people have been displaced and their belongings ruined. But, a lot of these properties have flooded over the years (Camelot about 4 or 5 times that I can think of). These apts. and condos should never have been built in a floodplain (Univ. Mall and Eastgate too)--too risky.

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