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first_imgBy David Emory StooksburyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe very wet summer of 2005 has caused the risk of flooding to beusually high across Georgia.Soil moisture and stream flows are already very high for themiddle of August. Most reservoirs and ponds are at or near thesummer full pool.Heavy rainfall can lead to rapid flooding, as there is minimalstorage capacity left in the soils, rivers and reservoirs.A special concern is the potential impact of a widespread rainevent associated with tropical weather. Localized floodingassociated with individual thunderstorm complexes is also morelikely this summer.The elevated flood risk is expected to remain for the foreseeablefuture.InsuranceMost insurance policies for homes and businesses don’t coverlosses caused by flooding. An additional policy is required.Information about the federal National Flood Insurance Programmay be found at www.fema.gov/fima/nfip.shtm.It takes 30 days fora new policy to start, so it’s important to start the programbefore flooding is forecast.Another problem associated with wet soils is falling trees. Treeswith poor roots due to disease, damage or poor growth are morelikely to fall over. Trees will rotten trunks and limbs are alsomore like to cause damage.Since it’s very hard to determine the health of a tree’s roots,trunk and branches by simple inspection, it’s best to have acertified arborist inspect trees.Soaked soilsSoil moisture is extremely high for August. It’s at the 99thpercentile north and west of a Valdosta-to-Macon-to-Lincolntonline and south and east of a Columbus-to-Carrolton-to-Blairsvilleline. This means that in 99 of 100 years, we would expect soilsto be drier than they are now.For the remainder of the state, soil moisture is generallygreater than the 90th percentile, except in the extreme northwestcorner. At the 90th percentile, we would expect the soils to bedrier in 90 of 100 years than they are now.Streams and rivers across Georgia are extremely high for August.On Aug. 10, daily record flows were recorded on the Oconee Rivernear Athens, Apalachee River near Bostwick, Broad River nearBell, Little River near Washington, Alcovy River near Covington,Ocmulgee River from Jackson to Macon and Spring Creek near IronCity.Most of the other major rivers in the state are at or above the90th percentile in flow for the middle of August.Tropical threatsBecause of the increased threat of flooding, Georgians need tomonitor the development of tropical systems over the next severalmonths.The best way to keep updated about weather conditions and weatherwarnings is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationweather radio. NOAA weather radios are available at most storesthat sell electronics.Recent rainfall information is available from the GeorgiaAutomated Environmental Monitoring Network (www.georgiaweather.net)of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.More information on preparing for a flood and recovery can befound at http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/preparation/articles.htmand http://interests.caes.uga.edu/disaster/recovery/articles.htm.(David Emory Stooksbury is the state climatologist and aprofessor of engineering and atmospheric sciences in theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more


first_img“Forthe longest time being gay is associated with cowardice when in fact it is thebravest thing one can do for oneself. Coming out as gay in a countryfraught with discrimination, bullying, gender-based violence, and stigma is anact of courage. ‘Inagi’ is now about standing up for equality and not asign of cowardice,” according to Iloilo Pride Team./PN “Konang korte mag inagi kag magpalagyo (Ifcourts become feeble and cowardly) then you are opening the whole situation forpeople to take the law into their hands,” said Treñas, a lawyer. “Ang bilog nga syudad apektado dasun ga-inagipa ang iban nga korte (The whole city is affected while some courts aretaking their time). Indi pwede ‘na (Thisis not acceptable).” “Thisself-criticism shows at least a sensitivity that is evident of a move to makeIloilo a safe space for all,” according to the group. Iloilo Pride Team, an LGBTorganization, “accepted with warm hearts” the mayor’s apology. Itwas a manifestation of the long history of patriarchy in Philippine society andpolitics, the group added. The city government has been “highlysupportive” of the community’s activities, he stressed. The use of the word “inagi” in aderogatory manner, it added, mirrored “the common perception that wavering,vacillation or non-action is similar to being gay.” Acknowledging his gaffe, Treñasstressed, “I express my utmost apology to the LGBTQ and to everyone who wereslighted by my statement. Rest assured that I and the city government alwayshave the best interest of the LGBTQ community at heart.” Realizing the blunder, Treñas stressedit was not his intention to offend members of the LGBTQ community. MORE Power secured a 25-year powerdistribution franchise here in February. But PECO, whose franchise expiredearly this year, questioned the constitutionality of MORE Power’s franchise.The case is now with the Supreme Court. On the other hand, MORE Power filed an expropriation case to take overPECO’s power distribution system. The Regional Trial Court Branch 35, however,suspended the proceedings last month. Appealing for speedy resolution to thecases PECO and MORE Power filed against one another, an exasperated Treñas saidon Monday, “Indi pwede ang korte maginagi (courts can’t be sissies). They will have to decide one way orthe other.” ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñasapologized to the community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, andqueer for his “insensitive” choice words in comments made on the legal battlebetween rival power distributors Panay Electric Co. (PECO) and MORE Electricand Power Corp. (MORE Power). “In my passion to protect people’sinterest against this power struggle that continues to affect Ilonggos, I havebeen insensitive in my choice of words that seemingly discriminated the LGBTQ,”the city mayor said in a statement yesterday. In fact, he said, the city governmenteven established the LGBTQ Office at city hall to address the special concernsof the community. Members of the LGBTQ community quicklyblasted Treñas on social media. During an ambush interview withjournalists on Monday, Treñas warned of dire consequences if the uncertainty onthe power distribution here lingers indefinitely. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img read more