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#179511 - 08/16/09 07:08 PM Scenario: flood. Your plan?
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
You are sitting in the office or your normal place of work when you learn there will be 12 feet of water at your location in 1 hour, which will remain for an indefinite time with whatever that implies. Your plan?

Edited by dweste (08/16/09 08:01 PM)

#179525 - 08/16/09 09:28 PM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: dweste]
technician Offline

Registered: 11/15/05
Posts: 23
Loc: S Central Kansas
My employer would immediately send me and my wife home (we work at the same location), whereupon I would take the elevated highways until I get home. I know that my house is not in any floodplain, but I would wonder about my next paychecks.

#179529 - 08/16/09 10:01 PM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: dweste]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3078
Build a boat out of the office furniture with my Leatherman Multitool. wink

Edited by Am_Fear_Liath_Mor (08/16/09 10:05 PM)

#179534 - 08/17/09 12:05 AM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
Desperado Offline

Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
Leave now
I do the things that I must, and really regret, are unfortunately necessary.


#179538 - 08/17/09 12:33 AM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: Desperado]
KG2V Offline


Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
Panic - as I'm 110 ft above sea level, with direct hills to the sea - that means we will have a 122ft multi day storm surge, and the east coast will be having problems of biblical proportions
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#179539 - 08/17/09 12:34 AM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: Desperado]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2186
Loc: Bluegrass
Surfs up!!!

(once a Cali boy, always a Cali boy!)

Edit: Now that I've thought about this, it actually happened a couple days ago. Apparently outside the hospital was a flash flood, and several cars got stranded in a few feet of water. One of the pediatricians had to slog back and spend the night overnight.

Not that I'm sure anything different could have been done (I mean, you can't reverse through traffic to take an alternate route), but it begs the question, what happens when you get caught in that storm surge?

Edited by MDinana (08/17/09 01:03 AM)

#179544 - 08/17/09 01:45 AM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: MDinana]
Eric Offline

Registered: 09/09/06
Posts: 323
Loc: Iowa
My company went through something like this last year, though they had a couple of hours to work with. Luckily I was not one of those directly impacted.

Main impact was to an engineering team in a downtown location. About 150 people were given 20 minutes to pack personal items and important work papers/references. Work items were limited to what would fit in their office trash can. The trash can and the office computers were placed on the office chairs, wrapped up and rolled to trucks which hauled everything to the building I worked in. Facilities people from the entire company descended on the building that was going to flood and moved nearly everything else to the top couple of floors of the five story building. Several engineering integration and test rigs were also hustled out of the building.

The next morning everyone of those people had a new office / cubicle in my building and access to their computers. Good planning and realistic reactions from the top down.

I think they recovered everything out of the building about 2 weeks later, some things quite a bit worse for wear even though they were not under water. High humidity with high heat around polluted flood waters aren't a good combination for paper or electronics to be anywhere near.


Edited by Eric (08/17/09 01:46 AM)
Edit Reason: typos
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#179554 - 08/17/09 05:18 AM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: Eric]
2005RedTJ Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
I guess I'm cheating. My "office" is an Econoline work van. I'd crank it up and drive to higher ground. Then grab a granola bar out of my SHTF bag and eat it.

#179569 - 08/17/09 01:04 PM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: dweste]
Brangdon Offline

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1201
Loc: Nottingham, UK
I live a couple of miles from where I work, and we're well above any likely flooding. It's such an unlikely scenario that it's hard to take it seriously, but I'd probably go home and either shelter in place, or pack and evacuate.
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#179573 - 08/17/09 02:19 PM Re: Scenario: flood. Your plan? [Re: Brangdon]
Lono Offline
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Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 1013
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Agreed, a 12 foot flood at work is not realistic for me. I'm at 300 ft sea level on top of a glacial tarn, my house is at 150 ft sea level on the slope of another tarn 7 miles away. But I'll go along. First half hour spent calling home and to misc. family, begging them to get into a high building to meet the expected flood height. Second half hour moving to the second floor at work and opening the door to the rooftop. Raiding the kitchen for soft drinks and some additional water in whatever I can fill. Then move up to an office on the second floor or rooftop, with my office and my car supplies, and wait and watch. Drive - drive where? To high ground, to my home which according to you would be 200 feet underwater in a half hour? Also the campus my work is at has only 3 major exits to the arterial roads, and only 2 connections to nearby freeways - prior experience in actual emergencies like snow storms has shown that those choke points gridlock pretty quick. No, I'll shelter in place, and hope for the best.

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