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Friday, October 1, 2010

It All Leeches Into the Soil Eventually

The worst part of flood may not be the water. The worst part of the flood may come days or even weeks later - long after the waters have dissipated.

In every basement and garage and kitchen, in every factory, warehouse and industrial park, are dangerous and toxic chemicals.  We all have them. 

Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium, Zinc, Petroleum, Gasoline, Kerosene, Pesticides, Herbicides, Solvents, Detergents, Freon, Paints, Aerosols, Fluorine, and many others.

And Sewage. 

In Fairbault, Minnesota (home of Herbert Sellner, inventor of the Tilt-A-Whirl carnival ride) the water treatment plant was inundated with flood waters.  The city was forced to pump sewage into a nearby lake.  Flood water fill the sewer pipes and the waste backs up into peoples homes and into the streets. 

You can smell it for days afterward. 

And all these chemicals, toxins, and sewage waste  - they all leech into the soil eventually, into the farmland soils where the food we eat is grown.





The first photo was taken in Owatonna, Minnesota, the second near New Richland, Minnesota.

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