Through its work on flooding, Nurture Nature Center has been collecting the stories of people who have lived through flooding in the Delaware region – including stories from people who witnessed the flash flood on the Bushkill Creek in 1945 to those who endured the repetitive flooding of their properties in 2004, 2005 and 2006. We will post a series of these stories here for you to review, and invite you to submit your own stories – or responses – here through the comments section. Sharing stories is a positive way to help neighbors learn about flooding in the region, and to build a stronger community prepared for future flooding. If you have a story about coastal flooding, please share it at our sister site, www.preparethenshare.org, which will be launching in late fall 2014.
One particular story from Kathy Adams in Allentown caught our attention:
“We started our glass business in a small garage in Allentown, Pa. Things were going well enough but I did begin to take note a small creek behind the building that rose up on occasion. I wondered if we could get flooded. I began looking into the risk and getting some information on flood insurance. I wanted to get the insurance but my husband did not think it was worth it. We went back and forth. Then one year, just before my birthday, my husband asked me what I wanted and I told him: “I want us to get flood insurance for my birthday.” We did. Then less than three months later we had a flood, a big one, that put four feet of water into our shop. If we hadn’t been insured we would have probably have lost the business. That was nearly 30 years ago and we have ten employees now.”
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