Aug 3, 2014
A mysterious lake appeared in the Tunisian desert, creating a makeshift beach in the arid region. Since the discovery of the reservoir local shepherds was not provided any explanation as to how this lake suddenly appeared in the wilderness.
Authorities warn that the water that was originally released on the surface of the crystal clear, has become dull green, began to meet seaweed. Swimming in the lake can be dangerous to health, but the Tunisians could not deny myself the pleasure to cool in 40-degree heat. Residents of nearby towns staged an impromptu beach and enjoy swimming in the lake mysteriously arisen. No official explanation for the appearance of the lake has not been given. Part geologists believe that the seismic activity, possibly freeing the groundwater, but not all agree with them, reports The Independent. According to local authorities, the volume of the reservoir may be one million cubic meters, distributed over an area of over one hectare, with a depth of ten to 18 meters.
This is a 7 of 10 factor, the dropping of the African Plate creates a drop in elevation for Tunisia. And this has happened before! March 10, 2012.
Why would land along the coastline of Tunisia be drawn down as Africa rolls? As Africa tears away, dropping to the south, the Mediterranean floor loses support. We have explained how the coastline of Algeria will lose 12 feet in elevation as a result of the African roll, as the border of the African Plate slices across the coastline there.
Mysterious Groundwater Flooding Plagues Communities in Washington and North Carolina
Washington - Feb 19
Emergency action is being taken to help a flooded Bonney Lake neighborhood in Pierce County.
The reason for the flooding remains a mystery. The water started coming up in December, but residents say it hasn't been this bad in 20 years.
It has inundated Danny Midkiff's yard and is now creeping up to his door. Flood victims met with Mayor Neil Johnson and he decided to take immediate action.
"I just want to thank the mayor and everybody for coming to my rescue because this has been a nightmare," Midkiff said.
Now, a temporary pumping system has been hooked up, sending 1,000 gallons a minute from the continually rising waters in this neighborhood's natural bowl over to Lake Tapps.
But it's proving to be quite the challenge for the city crews at Bonney Lake. They have to run piping all the way from the flooded area across a busy roadway and all the way down to the lake.
Bob Woolard gave permission for the pipes to cross his property.
"It's becoming a lake down there," he said. "They don't know. They're going to pump it out and hopefully that'll fix the problem."
While the city tries to figure that out, residents are having to cope with rowboats and a newly-built emergency footpath.
The mayor ordered this emergency action even though the city engineer doesn't believe it's their fault.
"No, but sometimes it's the right thing to do," said city engineer John Woodcock. "We actually have some funds that can be a benefit to the city and that's what we're here for. We're here to serve the citizens."
Midkiff is one who will benefit from the pumps.
"The city engineer and the mayor, they're my heroes," Midkiff said.
He added that he is so happy, he's agreed to allow the giant pump and generator to be set up in his front yard. And he's willing to put up with the noise that'll be running 24/7 for the next several weeks, which means while he's trying to sleep.
"I'll sleep better, guaranteed," he said. "It's better than dreaming about drowning."
The city is going to go all out starting Monday and they figure it could run 6-8 weeks at a cost of $20,000, paid for by the city.
North Carolina - Feb 22
A mysterious source of groundwater is percolating to the surface along more than a dozen residential yards and flooding two portions of a street within the Gates Four community.
Leaders of the gated golfing community in western Cumberland County say they hope to find the cause of the water, because it's creating a hazard. The water pools over two sections of South Staff Road - even when the weather has been dry - and it has iced over during the winter.
The Gates Four Homeowners Association has hired an engineer to look for a solution, which could cost the association and property owners several hundred thousand dollars to fix.
"We need to get the water off South Staff Road," said Mike Molin, the association's secretary. "That's our main goal right now."
Most of Gates Four is outside the city limits, and the association and homeowners are responsible for maintaining the development's streets and other infrastructure.
The water pools one or two inches deep in the front yards of several of the homes along South Staff Road and runs over the street like a small stream in two places, even in dry weather. The street in those two locations has more water after a rainstorm. Molin said the problem was first noticed about a year ago.
Some homeowners are casting a leery eye toward a new residential development next door as the possible cause for the excess groundwater seeping into Gates Four.
That development, called Legacy at Traemoor, was approved by city engineers and annexed into the city in 2013. It was built according to a city ordinance designed to control the amount of storm runoff that leaves property after it is developed, said Rob Stone, the city's director of Engineering & Infrastructure.
The Legacy developer, Jackie Hairr of Hope Mills, said he doesn't believe his development is the source of the problem. He said he thinks the above-average rainfall of the past several months has spawned new underground springs in the high water table in Cumberland County. He said when Gates Four leaders shared their concerns late last year, an engineer for Hairr and the Gates Four property manager walked the development's perimeter.
"There was no obvious sign of water leaving the site," Hairr said.
The Fayetteville area received about 55 inches of rainfall in 2015, or 10 inches more than normal.
Stone said the city has received numerous calls about flooding in recent months, and the city has a plan to improve inadequate storm-drainage systems.
"A lot of our complaints are about groundwater flooding," Stone said. "Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot we can do about it. We still investigate."
Before the Legacy was developed, trees - and later scrub oaks - were razed, leaving some Gates Four homeowners to ponder if the deforestation has contributed to the flooding problem.
Hairr said he cleared the trees about 10 years ago and doesn't believe that is the cause.
The Legacy development borders the backyards of homes on one side of South Staff Road. Much of the new development lies about 20 feet higher than South Staff Road, which was partially excavated through a hillside when Gates Four was developed.
The development will have about 100 lots, said Hairr, who has been developing land for three decades. The new development has stormwater retention ponds that were required by the city, Hairr said.
Today, some of the Legacy streets off Lakewood Drive have been paved, and seven homes have been built. A sign says homes for sale starting in the $300,000's.
Charlie Wilson, a 71-year-old retired DuPont chemical engineer, lives in a 3,500-square-foot home on the other side of South Staff Road. His back yard borders the No. 5 hole of the golf course. Many of the yards on his side of the road have low-lying land that drains into the lake at Gates Four.
Earlier this week, Wilson showed a reporter his soggy back yard, where it hadn't rained in about a week.
"It's never been this wet," said Wilson, who has lived in his home since 1988. "It's just not draining well. I won't be able to cut the grass."
Leaders of the Gates Four Homeowners Association aren't attributing any blame for the flooding and have refused to comment on concerns by others about the Legacy development.
"I can't go down that path," said Jason Cook, president of the Gates Four Homeowners Association.
But Fayetteville developer Joe Riddle thinks the new development is more than a coincidence to the unexplained flooding in adjoining properties along South Staff Road. His late father developed Gates Four, and his family owns the undeveloped land, the golf course and clubhouse.
"These people did not have a problem until that development started," Riddle said of the Legacy. "I am not saying Jackie did anything wrong, because he has a plan approved by the city."
Cumberland County Commissioner Kenneth Edge, who lives in Gates Four on Towbridge Road, isn't sure that any outside development is to blame. He said he is experiencing flooding problems for the first time, and he has lived in Gates Four since 1979.
"It's been very wet," Edge said.
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