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July 5, 2013

OUR VIEW: The storm's good and bad

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A week ago today, the skies opened up on Lockport and unleashed a seemingly unrelenting deluge. The rain came down at a rate not seen in this area for probably well over 100 years — at least according to the National Weather Service, which has termed the storm a 100-year event.

During and after the storm we saw many things that made a lasting impression. Things that inspired us. Things that saddened us. Things that made us shake our heads.

Today and tomorrow we’ll take a look at some of those events. First, we’ll review some of the bad or not-so-good moments from the storm, which is heavy on not-too-bright drivers. On Saturday we’ll take a look at feats that should be applauded, or at least make you smile.

Here goes:

• Too many drivers tried to navigate the flooded streets and ended up getting stuck. We don’t understand why people try to pass through flooded intersections. There is no way of telling whether the street is washed out. What may appear to be 2-3 inches of water could be hiding a 20-inch deep hole that can cause serious damage.

• Drivers trying to pass through flood waters despite abandoned cars in their path. Most people won’t attempt to go through a 3-foot snow drift, so why do they think they could get through three feet of water?

• Some people actually tried to divert people from driving into flood waters, and were ignored. They weren’t trying to save themselves a good parking place on the street, they were trying to save people from the anguish of a flooded car. We even heard reports of people removing barricades on city streets so that they could pass through. Unreal.

• Finally, we understand the attraction of doing crazy things when a unique opportunity presents itself. Like kayaking down your street, or going swimming on a golf course. However, did anyone pause to think about what they were swimming in? The city’s storm sewers are linked to the wastewater sewers. We’ll let you connect the dots.