What's that smell?
Dave, you're absolutely right, no one wants raw sewage in their basements anymore. If we have a heavy rain next summer, more crap, keep it dignified, raw sewage, in the basement. And how about all the other summers until 2035?
The sewer engineering exercise should have been how do we prevent backups next summer? If we were attacked today, we wouldn't say, let's see how we can defend ourselves 5 years from now. We'd have to defend ourselves immediately and counter attack even minutes before.
What made the subject of “sewer backups” so important this past year? We've had backups fairly regularly over the past decade. So why now, why didn't we act before? Because we are madder than “---- and we ain't going to take it anymore.” A little dignity here, you can see.
And why are we putting off attacking this problem today? Why are we putting it off for when most of us will not be around, 25 years from now?
Over the past 5 months, we should have figured out how to keep raw sewage out of our basements. Basement flooding, I would think is more important than street flooding, although the same question applies to street flooding. Why have we not worked on this before?
Let's work on it now. This is war. War on sewer backups. Can we postpone a declared war against us?
The stuff in the basement is the enemy and it has invaded our homes like an army. Let's fight and fight now.
No, we can't do anything now because our defense plans are set up for 5 and 25 years from now. So until then, our war with raw sewage is lost. Let's get used to crap, I'm sorry raw sewage in the basement, but not as much of it and not as often. A few inches less and only once or twice a year or every other year. Less c--- is better than status quo c--- and that incorporated in our conventional approach to things.
Maybe we can produce a special crape' perfume. We might learn to live comfortably with that special perfumed scent in our basements. And don't forget to take your shots in the Spring.