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January 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Northwest flooding

Risky relocation

Your front-page article in the Sunday Times [” ‘We’ll never live by water again,’ ” Jan. 11] makes me ask myself a question: Don’t the same rivers overflow their banks every year? I’m not sure, but no new rivers are being made, right? So, I’m going to go out on a limb and figure it’s the same ones flooding year after year.

If that’s the case, then doesn’t it stand to reason that the same neighborhoods and business districts would be affected time and time again? Blow me down via hurricane, rescue me with a row boat because of flooding, or tell me that an area I might buy a house in is hit with tornadoes and you won’t see me living there.

I only have a high-school education, but I’m guessing the following areas would also be bad places to think about relocating:

— The base of a mountain that frequently has avalanches;

— Next to an existing airport;

— Right by a freeway;

— The middle of the Mojave Desert;

— The Antarctic;

— Insert your idea here.

We hear these same stories every year, whether it’s flood, hurricane or tornado season. Maybe it’s time we ban people from living in these areas.

Nah, that makes too much sense. Besides, I’m guessing the insurance companies wouldn’t like the idea.

— Steve Drake, Seattle

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