Rubble Ridges may cut down on the size and severity of tornadoes.
This idea is used in Europe as a way to manage trash. I’m proposing a way to manage waste after a flood. Wallboard and whole buildings have to be demolished. What becomes of the contents of those buildings. I say pile it up and truck the debris to tornado alley to build rows of picturesque small mountains – read on. The following idea was published in my blog in 2013 and has since been looked at by meteorologists and other experts who think it will work.
The following was written after hurricane Sandy but will apply to any flood.
it is entirely possible these hills could be a more permanent solution to New Orleans flooding problems. We could check for environmental impact in Germany where they have these types of hills and mountains 40 years old.
Towns hit by the May 19th and 20th, 2013 Tornado and in Moore, Oklahoma; and coastal towns hit hardest by hurricane Sandy have mountains of debris that need to be cleared. Making mountains out of rubble in areas around low-lying, level cities in Tornado Alley is a great solution. It wouldn’t be that hard to accomplish and would eliminate the rubble problem as well as an answer to the future tornado predicament. The following is a relatively simple and cost effective way to contain both problems.
I suggest utilizing the National Guard and Armed Forces trucks housed in the United States. Citizen action and volunteer groups could be put into action. Personal trucks could be given a tax deduction from one point to the end point. Let’s say from, Hoboken New Jersey, to Tuscaloosa Oklahoma, the truck owners could get, say, a hundred dollar tax deduction per square yard of trash, that may have to be worked out if there is enough rubbish and too few trucks, assuming there are people who want to help. I assume they do.
I would suggest that private landowners and government land owners who have land that surrounds major cities that are hardest hit by tornadoes, may want to allow hills to be built on their land for, let’s say, fifty Dollars an acre tax deduction for the year 2013, in exchange for the government trucking down household debris such as sofas, desks, wall boards, and other building rubble ruined in the storm and using that to contribute to the Haller Project. The government and local volunteers would dig holes a hundred feet deep and a mile or two in circumference, into the ground, and keep that mountain of dirt. Then fill the holes with the debris until it is a thousand feet high. So the debris would be 1,100 feet from the base of the hole to the tip of the hill, and 1 or 2 miles in circumference but in the shape of a hill. Run large trucks up the storm-debris hill in various patterns for a few days to compact it. Then take the dirt from the hole, and cover the debris, and grade it so runoff is controlled. If more dirt is necessary a small lake or pond could be dug until there’s enough dirt, and that dirt added to the mountain. A thousand foot mountains (hills) surrounding a city, would go a long way in preventing deadly tornadoes. Buildings, mountains, hills and bodies of water are the biggest deterrent for tornadoes. We can use the news media to find landowners who would like to have some of their land converted into rolling hills and ponds, plus get a tax deduction to make the town safer from life-altering tornadoes. Rolling hills make land so much more attractive, don’t you think?
Hills and lakes created on government land could become hiking and fishing destinations.
People like to help; they generally don’t know what to do. (Helping others creates happiness and inner peace.)
Depending on the amount of debris, deadly tornadoes would be tamed to be mild tornadoes in towns that decided on building hills and mountains around them. This project, assuming it works as well as I think it will, could go on ad-infinitum using trash from city landfills. In fact, I think trash from landfills should be layered into the storm debris, as fill, so the dirt put on top of the finished pile will stay on top of the pile. Extra fill can also be gotten by dredging rivers and lakes that need deeper channels.
For minimal costs we could avoid future mega disasters in tornado ridden towns and avoid infestation problems in towns affected by perfect storm Sandy. Remember, every tornado costs the government millions upon millions of dollars.
The Presidio in San Francisco is a perfect example of what ingenuity, and volunteers with a knack for planting and gardening can do to rehab an area. It’s stunningly beautiful there!