Q: How about this Record Rainfall?

A: WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A RECORD RAINFALL THAT IS UNPRECEDENTED. I HAVE BEEN AROUND HOMEBUILDING SINCE THE MID 1970’S. I HAVE ONLY SEEN RAINFALL LIKE THIS A FEW TIMES DURING MY CAREER. AS A TEENAGER I WORKED FOR AN OLD SCHOOL CRANKY CONTRACTOR THAT INSTALLED SEWER, WATER AND RAIN DRAIN LINES. I WAS THE LABORER GETTING MY HANDS DIRTY LEARNING FROM THE GROUND UP. I AM THANKFUL FROM WHAT I LEARNED FROM HIM.
flooded road

Rainfall like this is a real test of our storm water management systems. We all have a part in this. As you hear the rain pitter patter on your roof, sometimes it is good to think – where it is going? Record rainfall will show you. Sometimes it is not pretty. My heart goes out to those that are suffering.

The State has stringent rules that home builders, developers, cities and counties must follow. In recent years this has been quite controversial amongst all constituents. The idea of all these rules of how to deal with rainfall is to protect people and our ecosystem. Rainfall like this is a real life test to all the engineering, planning and construction execution that goes into making a storm water plan work.

I have spent a good part of this week observing. I have driven around much of our county looking at how record rainfall is affecting homes, developments and how water is flowing into our creeks and rivers. I suggest you do the same. We all have a part in understanding how storm water is handled. Like most infrastructure it is ignored until a crisis occurs. Our job as citizens is making it better for the future. Let’s use this time of heavy rains as a learning experience.

I tip my hat off to all those volunteers and professionals that are helping.

I hope this helps and thank you for reading Ask The Builder and making The Columbian of Vancouver, WA a part of your day.

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