HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Powerful storms leveled small towns in southern Indiana, transforming entire blocks of homes into piles of debris, tossing school buses into a home and a restaurant and causing destruction so severe it was difficult to tell what was once there. As night fell, dazed residents shuffled through town, some looking for relatives, while rescue workers searched the rubble for survivors.
At least 20 homes were ripped off their foundation ...
"We knew this was coming. We were watching the weather like everyone else," said Clark County, Ind., Sheriff Danny Rodden. "This was the worst case scenario. There's no way you can prepare for something like this."
I beg to differ, Dan. Not only can you "prepare for something like this," you oughta. How many more news stories of hurricanes and tornadoes will it take for something to click about the way "complete devastation" is always the result of inclement weather meeting buildings made of flimsy sticks?
Notice that the above news story mentions 20 homes "ripped off their foundation." That implies that the foundations stayed put; and further, an implication that concrete doesn't blow away. Have you ever heard of a basement blowing away? Just the flimsy sticks above a basement seem to blow away. But don't build your house out of concrete; just buy insurance and cross your fingers.
Here's a recent example of a local "home" that didn't survive a windstorm. Looks like the opposite of shelter to me. I'd run from this POS at the first raindrop.
Mark Twain once said that America has the best fire departments in the world; that everywhere else they build houses that don't burn. Does the above picture inspire confidence in fire departments and building codes and regulations?
OK, so maybe the trailer life is a bit iffy and you'd rather have a "stick-built" house?
Keep buying insurance and crossing your fingers.
Posted by Dave
Cross-posted at El Nuevo Chingon.