Man Builds Moat Around Home, Saves Property

Submitted by: eugenius 6 years ago in

His neighbors probably thought he was f-ing crazy. Well who"s crazy now, bitches?
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Female 383
NICE!
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Male 598
hes still crazy
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Female 584
That was genius! Way to think ahead!
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Male 309
I heard from a State Farm agent that all the recent flooding/tornadoes/hail has been more costly than Katrina.
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Male 10,440
I like it. It`s a more effective solution than a simple sand bag wall, and it`s doable if you`ve got access to a digger. Otherwise... too much work.

[quote] His neighbors probably thought he was f-ing crazy [/quote]
Yet another description fail. They dug that moat in order to save their property, not just cause` they wanted a moat. Stupid IAB...

Also, by the size of it, it looks like it took a lot of work to build, even with a digger.

I think it would be better to approach this like a cofferdam. Dig a circle of shallow 1` holes with a 6" trench between them, in the holes bury a ring of 9` high wooden posts and in the trench place sheets of horizontal corrugated steel. You`d need to get the steel from somewhere, but far less work than this bulwark.
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Male 562
@ McGovern1981: My LOLs go to you sir. Nice.
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Female 956
that is way awesome!
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Female 2,695
not really a moat so much as a wall..
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Male 527
Friggin` Awesome!!
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Male 25,416
Thats a good effort, 10 points
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Male 14,331
President Obama dosen`t care about wet people!!
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Male 2,033
"road unsafe when under water"


Obvious sign is obvious?


In related news...how long did this take to dig? I have been digging a moat in minecraft for days now and my finders are tired as hell.
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Male 562
Geez, that`s quite a feat. Now he can get up on the bank and shout,"I FART IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION", at passing boats.
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Male 49
And the gov will prob fine him for something like not having a dig permit!
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Male 6,693
Thats a bunch of water.
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Male 114
I built a moat like that around my house to protect me fom terrorists. I call it my "Freedom moat".
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Male 566
Just build the dang house on pontoons, with vertical beams at each corner so it doesn`t float away, problem solved.
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Male 246
Must be terrible to live like this. Spend time worrying about the flood and building the mote. I`d move elsewhere.
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Female 2,509
just wondering about the structural integretiy for how close he dug to the home/storgage blgs. and the trees.
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Male 2,389
for sale 2 bedroom ranch on a private secluded island.

that`s just insane, gotta do what ya gotta do.
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Female 217
thats ace! imagine if it wasnt high enough though? spend all that time and effort and it goes under!

owner is clever, other clever ideas, living somewhere it doesnt flood x) i know alot of places cant help it, but maybe we should consider lowering the risks or following this guys example and building more dams
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Male 4,290
Well I`ll be dammed.





Sorry. I couldn`t resist.
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Female 570
This is awesome!!
Also a great idea for a zombie apocalypse.
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Male 1,360
reminds of me trying to protect the sand castle on the beach;other proportions...
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Male 1,461
Our town got flooded a year or two ago. I`m so high up though, that I really have nothing to worry about and wasn`t affected by it. When I`m in my driveway and look down to my nearest neighbors house, I`m higher than his roof.

Looks like this guy spent a good bit of time and money doing this. Hope he had a lot of supplies as well. I mean you just can`t run to the store if you need something. Chances are though, that if he spent that much time doing that, that he was also prepared in other ways.
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Male 12,365
I`d make it look nicer...after the waters have receeded. The important thing in a crisis is what works, not what looks nice. Prettify it afterwards.

He should keep it because it might flood again some time. Also because it`s cool. Earthworks on the outside, ditch on the inside. That makes it a henge.
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Female 245
I`ll nick-name this guy Mr. Beaver.
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Male 314
I wonder how long it took to build that. I want to see some news coverage of this.
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Female 1,324
Hah, that is pretty genius... There`s even that drainage pipe is looks like. This is just another reason I wouldn`t want to live near a river or any other high flood risk areas...
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Male 1,011
@dragosal

pretty ignorant of you. I hope ya realize many communities in tornado alley are too close to sea level to even have basements.

which would probably stand with the whole build house on stilts..it probably wouldn`t be supportable around here.
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Male 12,138
Buddy must have Dutch blood in him... I lived in Holland for 7 years, and I never really got used to driving down a country road which was 20 feet below a water-filled dyke (which ran alongside the road), knowing that the water in the dyke was at, or close to, sea-level. It`s kinda freaky if you`re not used to it.

Also, high-five @ deeplick. Sorry Oblivia, but that was a deeply retarded comment.
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Male 234
See Oblivia that is the difference between a man and woman. Man tries to save moat to save his ass, doesn`t care how ugly it looks. Woman is repulsed by moat because its not pretty enough. Who cares how it looks, save your f`ing house, you don`t get style points if you are dead.
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Male 173
Nature says: "Well played sir, very well played!"
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Female 2,927
"who goes there?" "dammit russell, its me earl!"
"lower the draw plank."
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Female 812
Ugly much?
Well, you have to make a choice so I would also choose this, yet I would at least try to make it look good...
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Male 626
@dragosal
Have you ever even seen what tornadoes do? It doesn`t matter how many `preventive measures` you take, a tornado will completely destroy your house unless you live in a parking garage or something. If you hide in your basement, the tornado can still get you if you. And you can`t exactly build storm shelters for apartments or every single house. So yes, you should fell sorry for people who live in Tornado Alley.
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Male 226
@dragosal

I tend to agree. Along the Texas coast (and I`m sure elsewhere as well) it is common to see houses raised 8 feet on metal stilts for just this reason.
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Male 377
And sitting out side the moat waiting impatiently is the Black Knight.
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Male 1,629
people that live in areas where this is a common or even occurs yearly dont deserve pity. they need to plan better. by simply raising the houses up about 5-6 feet these floods would be no real problem to homes. and all it would cost is the price of a little more cement and rebar. this also goes for people that live in "tornado alley" no mercy if you dont take preventative measures...
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Female 295
Flood insurance companies could really save themselves money if they did this.
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Male 820
I would just keep that forever, keep it in decent shape, make it permanent, add a metal bridge connecting the property to the road, that sort of thing.
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Male 12,365
People complain a lot about the weather here in England, but we really have it easy weather-wise. It may be a little heavy on the rain and the winters aren`t all fun and games, but the weather here hardly ever kills anyone or does major damage.
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Male 40,764
We`re flooding like CRAZY here in Manitoba. Rivers that never flooded before are overflowing!

This guy`s a genius: the moat allows the inevitable seepage to be quickly pumped away. If you have enough warning, this is for sure the way to do it.
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Female 3,562
They could have saved their own homes by building a giant levee around theirs instead of his. Some reason his home was chosen specifically, or completely at random, which would make him really goddamn lucky. And I`m pretty sure there`s no insurance that covers flooding if you live within a few miles of the Mississippi. 1927 really wasn`t that long ago, and that`s the last time this same flood happened.
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Male 718
At least he kept the black knight at bay!
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Male 12,365
[quote]I suppose the entire community really did decide some random guy`s house is more important then their own houses and spent all their time helping him. They must really love that guy.[/quote]

Maybe they had insurance that covered flooding.

Maybe they knew they couldn`t save their own homes but could help him save his.
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Female 3,562
Well Angilion, that`s a nice story. I suppose the entire community really did decide some random guy`s house is more important then their own houses and spent all their time helping him. They must really love that guy. So yeah, it was cheap because everyone worked for free. If it was some sort of official construction project it would have cost a good 10 grand at least.
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Male 12,365
SarahofBorg:

I`ve been looking at the story - there are details available.

It`s a family home with a couple of acres of land - not too unusual an amount in that area. He hired a backhoe and driver to dig the moat and use that earth to make the levee - not too expensive. He then asked a neighbour with more knowledge if it was enough - he said it wasn`t. Word got round and locals decided this was the place for a symbolic victory over the flooding. So ~100 helped. The sand was in bulk (i.e. cheap) and the bags were filled by volunteers (i.e. cheap). Might even have been free.

You can get a lot done for not all that much money with some heavy machinery and 100 determined volunteers. It was cheaper than buying a new home, which was the other option (his insurance didn`t cover flooding).
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Male 1,268
"Up over HIS window"

It`s not a business. It`s a residence. And the idea you need a whole "town" to do this is just ridiculous, as is "him" having his "friends" helping him. He may have had friends helping, sure, but it`s just as likely he owns that tractor, and he doesn`t mind paying five guys ten dollars an hour to go get more sandbags after he paid ten guys twenty dollars an hour to trench that.
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Male 813
freedan104, rivers recede retard.
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Male 96
I hope he has dratton of diesel for that pump.
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Female 3,562
That can`t be just some guys home, he got the entire town to save the property. Obviously it`s the property of an entire large business that everyone who worked their worked to save. That`s a massive construction project, it takes quiet a few men. They easily spent enough money to buy a small house just to save it, so it must be REALLY goddamn valuable.
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Male 147
Zombie Proof? I`m starting to think so.
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Male 127
My grandfather would probably be telling him he`s doing it wrong. He helped build dams all over the world for about 40 years.
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Male 79
As awesome as that is, he will still have to abandon the property.
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Male 2,121
He was lucky in the end that his friends helped him put more sandbags on or else the flood would have gone above his wall.
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Male 1,244
That`s amazing!
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Male 11,739
That was a good idea but how much did it cost for all of those sandbags? There were thousands of them. He was lucky to save it all, that`s for sure.
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Male 153
@Skabashas, actually, zombies can survive underwater, since the current doesn`t look to fast in the river. He would actually be at a disavantage because he couldn`t see the zombies until they were 20m from his house.
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Male 35
Penis
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Male 1,256
SO COOL. That situation, including the water, would also protect him quite nicely in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
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Male 1,620
Link: Man Builds Moat Around Home, Saves Property [Rate Link] - His neighbors probably thought he was f-ing crazy. Well who`s crazy now, bitches?
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