Hurricane Florence Bathed North Carolina in Raw Sewage. New Figures Show It Was Even Worse Than We Thought.
Polluted flood waters swamped coal ash ponds at power plants. Rising waters engulfed private septic systems in back yards. The unwholesome mix inundated hog waste lagoons on farms. And the torrent overwhelmed municipal waste water treatment plants in towns large and small.
The problems of post-disaster pollution and debris management are huge and getting much worse. The cost of these failures to properly design our buildings and infrastructure should not continue to be externalized to the public at large and the disaster survivors. Due consideration of these costs must be included in infrastructure, building & system design; and also considered in any development of cost/benefit models by such organizations as the NIBS Multi Hazard Mitigation Council as it further refines its cost benefit of Hazard Mitigation: [the now 6-1 study].
Another example of the hidden costs of disasters comes from the Paradise Fire in California. Just yesterday, the local papers reported that neighboring towns want no part of allowing the debris from the Paradise Fire being transported to and sorted in their communities. One of the articles on this, “‘Toxic-laden stuff.’ Will anyone take the Camp Fire debris from Paradise?” is available at: