Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
Now that the flood has crested the city has decided to give away free sand - ostensibly so we can build a bunker or dike around our homes and businesses.
Too little too late?
To prepare for the next flood event you can purchase sand bags here.
For any of you who haven't recently constructed a bunker from scratch - it's back-breaking work.
Since these hundred year floods happen so frequently I propose that the city let us build our sand bag levees and leave them in place - permanently.
Tosa would look more like Beirut.
On a serious note here's a simple tip that I've used in the past to keep that nasty back-up out of the basement:
A standpipe for the floor drain.
For less than $20 you can purchase a length of PVC pipe and a rubber donut gasket to afix around the end.
Jam the thing into the floor drain.
When the sewer backs up, the water stays in the pipe. The system works unless the backup is so deep that it goes over the top of the pipe.
Trust me - this really works.
I suppose things could get so bad that the pipe could blow -but it's never happened to me.