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Slowly Drowning

Angela Ramsey | Virginia, United States

Children kayak through the street during a high tide event.

A “Flood Day” as it is sometimes called, is not all that different from a snow day. As the waters rise,children grab paddle boards, kayaks and anything that floats. “The street is a river!” they  exclaim. The children are always more excited than the grown ups. As adults, we worry; will we make it home from work, or will the streets surrounding the neighborhood not be passable?  Will I lose my house and my possessions during the next hurricane season? Our home is located within Flood Zone A. By FEMA standards, Zone A is considered to be in a Special Flood Hazard Area, and is lower than the Base Flood Elevation Flooding.  “Flood Days” do not always happen during periods of rain or storms. Lately it is happening on bright, sunny days when you’d least expect it. People adapt not because they want to, but because they must. The adaptations may happen slowly or incrementally, so we lose sight of just how huge the impact really is. For me and my community, flooding has become a real part of everyday life. 



Angela Douglas Ramsey 



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