Traverse City Record-Eagle

Your Views

July 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 07/12/2012

Hurricane proved point

My point (in a June 2 Forum) was not about just "a rainfall event" but the danger posed from "a peak rainfall event." Engineers design anything for a worst case scenario — in this instance, a 100-year peak rainfall. So, Mr. Halvorson's statement: "it is very unusual to have a natural stream that fluctuates more than two to three feet due to a rain event" has no relevance to the main point of my forum; without any dams/ponds, Traverse City is vulnerable to flood disasters including flash floods.

The statement: "Most of the soils in northern Michigan are of a sandy nature and are highly absorbent, allowing infiltration of the rain" is misleading. Sandy soils do absorb more water than non-sandy soils, but, to give the impression that, "during a peak rainfall event, a flood can be averted because sandy soils absorb water" is incorrect. In reality, the soil gets saturated near the surface and the subsequent rainwater flows as runoff.

In September 1961, the failure of the two small dams due to the accumulated water from Hurricane Carla proves that a large volume of water flowed to the dams instead of being absorbed into the soil.

Mahinda Samarasinghe

Traverse City

1
Text Only

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot