Showing posts with label Disaster Clean up. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Disaster Clean up. Show all posts

Monday, June 03, 2013

Things we lost in the Flood Post #2 : Piedmont MTB Trails

8A Foxx Rocks (Before) Jay Beyer Photo
The 2012 Flood has been a lesson in loss.  Loss, I have come to learn is not something that you feel or deal with immediately, it plays out in long form.  Of course there is the obvious vanishing of normalcy, of what once was, of change.  But even that in some cases is something you can deal with.  You just adjust and keep rolling.  However with the flood one year later what we are dealing with now is mitigation.  The "fixing" of things.  The bummer being that in this day in age, when we "fix" things we also tend to destroy them.

I see in Jay Cooke, I see it in Thomson and I am seeing it now in Duluth.  In order to fix Haines Road, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has to have a minimal gradient and set back to "fix" the road.  What this means is literal denuding of the trees and dirt for nearly a quarter mile up ever hill in the valley.  A virtual destruction of the total landscape on what was once was a really cool roadway.  It also in this case means the destruction of what was once my favorite line to ride in the Piedmont system.

I am starting to cringe, every time I see the trucks and the graders and the construction crews, because they are coming to "fix" things that I held dear and unfortunately that fix means the destruction of the character that they once had.

8A after

8A is at the end of the sight line above and to the left

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Things we lost in the flood: Thomson, MN and St. Louis River Flood 2012

Flood damage to brookie stream

Stream just before June Flooding

Typical brookie before flood

More stream damage
We are just learning what we truly lost in the flood earlier this summer.  As the winter comes on and the foliage dies off you can finally start to get a sense of the damage.  You can see the wounds that the earth has sustained and they are impressively deep.  My favorite stream is no exception.  The amount of water that surged through the watershed must have been insane.  The stream is completely blown out.  Holes that once had great structure are completely filled with sand.  Large amounts of streambank are just gone and of course now in the watershed.  Hundreds of trees are leaning into the water, many having torn out the bank with them.  Debris is choking the water.

I am usually pretty mum about where I fish and I am going to be the same on this post although many people may recognize the stream if they are local.  This was my number one brookie stream in the area. It was close, accessible and full of great fishing.  I can honestly say I am in mourning on this one.  Most of the flood damage has been a bitter sweet situation.  Destruction on a grand scale, which is lamentable, yet a changed landscape that offers new recreational opportunities.  This stream is not the case, it has changed for sure, but it is obvious that currently it is not for the better...

Monday, July 02, 2012

Minnesota Governors Office Press Conference: Thomson, MN Flood 2012

Nice close and flood debris

Promises amidst destruction

Engineers explain the loss of our water and sewer lines to the river

Meanwhile, despite the lack of a disaster declaration:  Thomson residents clean up
To get Federal assistance a region must first be declared a disaster zone by the state legislature and the Governor of Minnesota.  In order to make that happen, state representatives need to view the damage and report the costs of the loses due to the disaster.  Thomson, MN became the site of the reporting of those damages last week.  It was interesting to see suited folks wandering the disaster zone, amid the debris and waste caused by the flood.  People just kept cleaning while the state reps and the Lt. Governor walked around almost as though they were in a museum, pointing, nodding and exclaiming oohs and ahhs as they put together what had happened to our town.  It seemed very unreal and although it was meant to call attention to Thomson's plight, it actually made me feel like we were even more on our own.