When the dam breaks

I don’t know how many of you got the VAR Broker Digest newsletter, but something in it struck me as funny… sort of.

Dam_Break It’s about a change to the disclosure statement: "House Bill 837 requires notice regarding ‘dam break inundation zone’."

Maybe it’s me, but that phrase — "dam break inundation zone" is just a tad on the creepy side. It’s up there with "thermal runaway" (when a cell phone or laptop’s lithium battery catches fire). It’s got just enough of a taste of bureaucrat-ese, but it’s still clear.

Kind of like, oh, "Within potential fallout grid" or "Elevated bacteriological exposure zone."


Related, sort of — if you want to really creep yourself out, visit CarlosLabs’ Ground Zero calculator. Using Google Maps, you can enter any location and choose from a list of nuclear weapons to see the effect it would have.

Goodbye, Roanoke:


Perhaps more useful, if you think the Iraqis North Koreans Iranians bad guys may ever hit DC with a small H-bomb, you Realtors® in NOVA should advise your clients accordingly:


About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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3 Responses to When the dam breaks

  1. Cindy Jones says:

    When I lived in AZ we laughed about selling waterfront property in Phoenix since CA was supposed to fall off at the next big earthquake. Now I can send real estate in a Nuclear Clear Zone. Prince William County doesn’t look so bad now does it?

  2. I am unofficially calling it the “Dam” Disclosure!


  3. When I bought a house in Roanoke, I had a discussion about flood insurance. My Realtor® told me I didn’t need it because I was way up on a hill (true) and not in any flood zone.

    Still, I thought it might be a good idea.

    “Look,” she said, “if the water ever gets this high, you’ll have a lot more to worry about than your insurance. It’ll be a major disaster.”

    “Yes,” I replied, “and in that case I’d like one less thing to worry about!”

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