Feb. 14th, 2017

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Feb. 14th, 2017 09:32 am
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I've been watching the impending disaster in Oroville, California. A spillway connected to a dam upstream of the city is failing, and there's a very real danger of a catastrophic flood. Something like 190,000 people have been evacuated from the area. Scary stuff, and it brings the Buffalo Creek flood to mind.

This is the 80th anniversary of the great flood that submerged much of Louisville for weeks. We've had some talks about it over at OEP, with a brief review of the current defenses against another flood. Mostly, the floodwall gates were tested and the pumping stations briefly fired up.

This is a reminder to me to rebuild my emergency kit. Add a power source of some kind,

There's another, more imminent, threat on our minds right now. Well, besides Cheeto Benito, of course. In my last entry, I mentioned our MRC training night. We had a presenter from the Kentucky Harm Reduction Council teach us about Naloxone, an emergency treatment for heroin or other opioid overdose. In a thirty-hour span that included our training session, Louisville's emergency services responded to 52 overdoses. FIFTY-TWO. There were two fatalities, one in a fast-food restaurant's restroom, one at Hurstbourne and Wesport. Actually there - three users in a vehicle. Driver nodded off, rolled into another vehicle at an intersection. One passenger died right there in the first vehicle, and another passenger very briefly ran when LMPD arrived. I saw an OD patient carried out of LMPHW yesterday afternoon when I was on my way in for a meeting. This is scary.

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