The federal government is refusing to make public maps that show detailed diagrams of where flood waters would extend if Lake Okeechobee breached specific points of its earthen dike, citing concerns about a terrorist attack.
Corps spokeswoman Nancy Regalado said: “We just don’t believe there’s a great need for the public to have them because we’re giving the information to the (emergency coordinators) and they’re the ones that would translate the information into an evacuation plan.”
This has nothing to do with keeping information out of the hands of terrorists. It’s all about keeping property values high. Here’s the key quote:
Releasing the maps could also lead to unnecessary hysteria for the people who live in the potential flood zone, she said.
In other words, a bunch of residents might decide to sell after learning they were living in a flood plain, causing property values to sink. Isn’t the free-market supposed to work with an informed buyer and seller?! And since when it is the government’s job to keep us ignorant over matters directly concerning us?!