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And don't try to rent a car dolly or trailer within 3 states around Flordia. They all are booked up from rip-off's taking flooded cars out of state to clean up and be resold up north or out west.
 

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And don't try to rent a car dolly or trailer within 3 states around Florida. They all are booked up from rip-off's taking flooded cars out of state to clean up and be resold up north or out west.
This happened right after the big Hurricane hit Houston Texas a few years ago. We got a lot of prior Texas titled cars on our used car market place. They recover them before they are branded as FLOODED and get them out of state quick.

I was looking at a 2013 BMW 535i wagon that was a good price but had a constant "Door Open" alert. They reset it and a day later it was back on. Car had a good service record in the Houston BMW shop. It was then "A" serviced in Colorado three weeks after the Hurricane and then for sale in a Seattle area 'Family Owned' small dealer. Was not branded but CarFax fee was worth it. Someone bought it, but not me.
 

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things are getting pretty close to normal now, , thise that have houses, have electricity and can at leeast boil water for drinking, Flooding is still evident, standing water and river basin drainage, I so suspect some bridge damage and retention pond damage still may occur. Bartow used to be known as the city of paks and azaleas or magnolias or ***** willows or something , it had over 1000 oak trees on a registry that if you needed to trim a branch you had to ask the city, welp, they got about 42 now, and lotsa curbside debris, houses and structures not damaged as much by wind as by water, so tearing out walls etc for black mold control wiil becone a thing, I haven't heard yet any stories of FEMA money ending up in the casinos or food stamps being used for nefarious purchases ( I do know a lady of the evening who can get 20 cents on the dollar cash for food stamps, so .... ) Anyway, keep an eye out, there will be some really outrageous abuse of relief moneys/ services to keep us entertained .
 

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Abuse of financial assistance seems to be the way during these times (besides the irreverent and unethical looting by illegal immigrants and others who claim citizenship but really should be expelled from this country).

And that just goes to show that GOD does not need to ask permission from anyone to trim a few branches. Although it is a major test of humanity (in our minds) to endure the mess that happens with the method used to do so.
 

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I did take a trip out semburgs way, down some roads where the hooty owls carry flashlites and bears carry pepper spray or a side arm, , less damage and branches and stuff, but BUGS! good grief, I needed armor! even had something buggy looking penetrate the skin just under my chin and above the collar of the vest,
 
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I was wondering where all the trash and rubble go. People are throwing out everything in their house! Plus all the debris from destroyed homes and businesses! Is it all hauled to a landfill somewhere or what? What a mess...😢
 

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I was just going to ask how the mosquitos are. In Chicago after a huge rain we would get a hatching of flood water mosquitos. They would even have a truck go down the streets at night spraying a fog of insecticide.
 
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When I was a kid in MS the bug sprayer would drive around town summer evenings spraying a dense fog of god-knows-what carried on (I assume) diesel smoke. It smelled good driving through it, but may have stunted a few growing brain cells.
 

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I was just going to ask how the mosquitos are. In Chicago after a huge rain we would get a hatching of flood water mosquitos. They would even have a truck go down the streets at night spraying a fog of insecticide.
mosquitos aren't bad after hyou get above 35 mph, but the standing water does give them a swampy taste
 
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One reason for wearing a full face helmet. I've had more than a few June Bug missiles hit my helmet and even put one or two permanent marks on it.
 

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Traveled to east of Orlando/Orange County/Christmas to visit my Mom last weekend (Oct.9), after 10 days of literally no rain, there's still a lot of standing water everywhere, debris and tons of mosquitos, unbearable swarms after dark, most beaches, business, hotels, etc. in Brevard County and east space coast in general, are closed, my mom's property had over 1 foot of standing water for several days after storm, fortunately house itself is almost 4ft. of the ground, she's only about 1 mile west of St. Johns river, which is expected to be near flood levels for months, any big rain event before river drops will require evacuation, again. At least the toll roads were still free, saved me about $25 on R/T.
 

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Flesh eating bacteria cases rising in Florida after storm, the bacteria live in standing/ swanp / flood waters and enter the body thru cuts and nicks in the skin, 1 in 5 die, others may have amputations/ complications.


now, jus sayin,,, water without some type of alc ,,, disinfectant in it dan be harmful to hyoor health an I aint takin no chances if I wash somethin it might fall off
 
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Drinks with alcohol were popular in old times since most of the water wasn't fit to drink. Be it beer, wine or cider.

"In a time where water often contained dangerous bacteria, the alcohol in cider made it a preferable and more sanitary beverage for consumption. Cider was a staple at most dinner tables and was often treated like a food item. A lower alcoholic version of cider called Ciderkin was usually served to children. Cider was even a favorite of most of our founding fathers. John Adams was said to have drank nearly a tankard every day! "
 

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update, well, flood waters are going down, some of the taller cows in the pasture have stopped swimming and are wakling around on tippy toes, contractors have picked up over a million cubic yards of debris, (tree limbs , yard stuff, not houses etc) so, things are improving, I rode from Tampa to lake wales down hiway 60 this week, there's still HUGE amounts of water standing, I continue to see new tree falls almost daily, but thankfully the winds have been light , the saturated ground makes them so unstable dogs are afraid to pee on them cause it might knock them over. Being situated in peace river headwaters area and drainage basin I see several bridges that ford the feeder creeks into the river, I am not yet convinced we will not lose bridges to wash out. It's kinda sneaky, there were few roads overtopped with water during the storm, but the ground wasso saturated before the storm the water is just sittiong waiting for a place to go, It's stinky with the decayed vegetation, lots of dead animals on the roadway as their habitat is underwater and the roads are the only place to go.
On the bright side, the weather has been uncommonly nice, and co operative for repairs and cleanup and although there was a ton of water problems, not that much structural damage in Polk county. I think we are out of the headline making phase now,
We might hear a bit about more dinosaur bones after the rivers get down far enough to examine their banks, The state has laws that say any bones discovered get sent to state, if state wants them they keep them, if not the property owner gets them or last of all the discoverer. Discourages a lot of people.
 

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Today it was 45 F and the rain turned to snow for about 1 minuet here. 475 feet above sea level here.

After almost 110 days of no rain up here we have now had 10 days of rain and flooding.

Feast or Famine.
 

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Today it was 45 F and the rain turned to snow for about 1 minuet here. 475 feet above sea level here.

After almost 110 days of no rain up here we have now had 10 days of rain and flooding.

Feast or Famine.
Somebody prayed too hard.
 
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