A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida and southern New England and other places he goes.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A Good Night for Connecticut
UConn 53, Butler 41.
It was an ugly game, but the UConn men's basketball team won the NCAA national championship last night.
Regrettably, Sunday night the UConn women's team lost to Notre Dame, so they will not play in Tuesday night's women's championship game.
These photos were taken by shooting at the TV screen, so credits go to CBS and the NCAA.
I confused people the past two days with photos of the Connecticut River's floodplain near Hartford. What you saw is not a problem, it is absolutely normal and happens every year. There are no permanent structures in the floodplain and it isn't even remarkable enough for the local newspapers to mention. Hartford had bad flooding in the 1930s, and since then there have been extensive investments in flood control measures. These low-lying riverfront parks have been rebuilt so they can flood in the spring without much damage. In fact, having these broad floodplain parks is part of what allows the surplus water to spread out without damaging developed areas. The water will eventually drain away, grass will grow and the parks will be ready for foot traffic again.
This is not to say that the Connecticut River and its tributaries don't occasionally flood. They do. It just hasn't happened here (yet) this year. For those interested in weather minutiae, if you click here you will see that so far there are no significant flooding problems anywhere in southern New England.