Do You Live In An Area That's Affected By Flooding Or Drought?

United States
August 26, 2007 7:56pm CST
I live in the U.S., on the southern east coast. Right now, we are experiencing severe drought. I heard recently that our city only has about 150 days or so of water left in our reservoirs if things remain the way they are. In contrast, the Midwest is suffering terrible flooding. It would be great if they could ship some of that water here, to help water crops and lawns and help in general. This is really the worst thing I've seen in a while, in terms of the impact. We can buy bottled water to drink and cook with, but we can't bathe with it or clean our homes with it. It's starting to get pretty scary. So, what's going on in your part of the world?
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
17 Oct 07
We have been in a drought for seven years in Australia. The Sydney reservoir had dropped to an all time low of 33% and that was only enough to supply Sydney 4 million habitants for just over a year. Sydney has been on water restrictions for the last 5 years. Luckily... we finally had some rain last June and the reservoir went back up to 58%. The farmers planted their winter crop... but will now lose it as we had no follow up rain. I am on water tanks in the bush... and just like last November... if I don't get any rain... I will be out of water by the end of the month. Sydney has decided to build a desalination plant as we have to accept that we have a climate change... and it is not going to go away.
• United States
18 Oct 07
That sounds really scary to me. The city I live in is now down to 125 days worth of water in the reservoirs. If you run out of water at the end of the month, what will you do? This city is landlocked, so desalination isn't really an option. The city already is buying water from surrounding counties. What do people there do?
• Australia
18 Oct 07
In my case... I am lucky because I can get water from my neighbor who has a reserve of 100.000 litres. It just mean that I need to go and get it. I use a one thousand litres tank on a trailer to cart it. Otherwise... it means going to town... 60 kilometers away... with the trailer to fill the tank with city water.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I too live in the East of the United States. We had droughts and then we had several weeks of thunder, lightening, rain and wind. It seems that the rain will make the river rise but the next day, it is down again. I remember when I was a child and it rained, the river stayed high for at least three days after a bad storm. Weird. My daughter lives in the South East Coast of the US. She says the earth is so dry there that they are praying for rain. She is having over 100 degree temperatures too.
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• United States
28 Aug 07
I think it's the heat that's drying the water up so fast. Our water comes from two big lakes. For the past two weeks or so, it's been between 95 and 100 degrees most days. Although today, I think it only made it to 90, which to us now is is a real break. The heat is not the scariest thing though. It's the lack of rain. We have mandatory water rationing in place. My parents live a little north of here, in the country. They have had even less rain than we have. They have a well, which is very deep compared to most, but I worry about them. They are elderly and I don't know if they would realize how urgent their situation could be.