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Flooding: Civil fix requires civil discussion

On Sunday, May 27, thunderstorms pounded the Baltimore region for hours. The storm morphed Old Ellicott City into a deadly flood zone. Here’s how it happened. (Baltimore Sun video)

Thank you, Dan Rodricks, for pointing out the root causes for the two 1,000-year floods in less than two years: the increase in impervious pavement in our watershed and changes to our climate (“Ellicott City flood was no ‘act of God,’” May 29). These man-made changes render ineffective our old models for predicting 1,000-year floods.

We need to discuss these important concepts in a non-partisan manner. Talking to neighbors, business owners, and others affected by these two horrendous floods the past two years, it seems to me that we should focus on civil discussion of viable long-term solutions rather than debating the validity or extent of “global warming.”

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I’ve talked to people from a wide range of the political spectrum, and it seems to me that we all recognize to some extent the problems we have created. It is just easier to call it an “act of God” because we are afraid of what we might have to change in order to work toward effective solutions. If we are to address any pressing issues and to mitigate climate change, we need civil, bipartisan, solution-focused discussions to heal our national divisiveness.

Sabrina S. Fu, Ellicott City

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