When the Waters Rise

Flooding is being experienced in places where rain used to be rare. Areas in Northern Kenya and Tana river have lately joined the long suffering Budalangi in battling flood water. But once it’s over people will be resettled. I was thinking to myself, in addition to dykes, how about rebuilding houses on stilts in those low-lying areas where flooding has become the new normal? They can be raised on concrete pillars, rocks or logs. A ramp can be built to access raised cattle sheds and chicken houses. At least you would have a fighting chance if you live near a large river and the waters rise in the dead of night. Keeping an emergency raft strapped to a tree nearby is a plus.
Your thoughts?


Dams and Dykes will do a superb job. I guess these are some of the things that we ought to have addressed before jumping on mega projects like SGR.

These floods are occurring because Indian Ocean is heating up (climate change) causing conventional currents and the resultant downpour.

In my layman way of thinking, Indian Ocean being a huge waterbody means the rains could go on without a near end.

Climate change is now clearly evident. Global warming is the cause of all this. In the near future, areas that were dry and hot will change into wet and cold and vice versa.

U r right, but dynasties needed to loot from sgr n also priority is family biz

people should not expect much from a government led by parasitic owners of capital. people should move to where they are safe. izo areas huflood sio za kusettle, ni za kufanya farming. watu wafikirie

you overestimate the role of a typical African exploitative and extractive government

It is likely that those people will never go back to their normal way of life uninterrupted. The problem seems to be compounded not just by climate change, but also by the natural rise of the river bed due to decades of silting at the last stage as the river slows to enter the sea or lake. The channels are no longer deep enough to contain the water volume during rains hence the spillage. People must now think of long term solutions–either adapt and survive, or lose useful land.

It’s a catch 22 and a case of priorities. Dams and dykes cost a tidy sum. I would also expect that serious dykes should not just be mounds of loose soil, but they ought to be really high hills reinforced by intensive tree planting along the dykes to create a firm barrier. They should also be done in series as one recedes away from the river. In effect it means completely changing the topography of these areas, for good.

The military can deliver

This in an asset that Kenya can greatly benefit from. These guys have the gear and the expertise to do amazing things if those resources are well utilized. Just imagine if the army and National Youth Service were to be involved in fixing infrastructure in all vulnerable areas around the country. You send the guys to camp there for community service on a rotational basis yearly. Petty offenders can also be used under tight security to do some useful work instead of congesting prisons. I think we can solve some serious problems.

States have a branch that does exactly that.

United States Army Corps of Engineers - Wikipedia

United States Army Corps of Engineers

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is an engineer formation of the United States Army that primarily oversees dams, canals and flood protection in the United States, as well as a wide range of public works throughout the world.[2] USACE is a major Army command made up of some 37,000 civilian and military personnel,[3] making it one of the world’s largest public engineering, design, and construction management agencies. Through some of its dams, reservoirs, and flood control projects, USACE also provides outdoor recreation opportunities to the public. Its hydroelectric projects provide 24% of U.S. hydropower capacity. It is currently headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Olmsted Locks and Dam has been under construction for over 20 years under the US Army Corps of Engineers’ watch.

Colonel Debra Lewis, the Gulf Region Division Central District commander with Sheik O’rhaman Hama Raheem, an Iraqi councilman, celebrate the opening of a new women’s center in Assriya Village that the Corps helped construct in 2006.[1]

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Proctor Lake, Texas, constructed by the Corps of Engineers to provide flood control, drinking water, and recreation
The corps’ mission is to “Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters.”[4]

Their most visible missions include:

Planning, designing, building, and operating locks and dams. Other civil engineering projects include flood control, beach nourishment, and dredging for waterway navigation.
Design and construction of flood protection systems through various federal mandates.
Design and construction management of military facilities for the Army, Air Force, Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve as well as other DoD and federal government agencies.
Environmental regulation and ecosystem

Mother nature can take care of itself. Pesa ya dam sasa si ilikuliwa.

That, my friend, is benchmarking

Never be too pessimistic. Labda kuna siku utajipata kwenye kamati ambayo itakuwezesha kusema haya mambo.