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Liz Bickel | all galleries >> Places: "Around the World" >> See America >> Heart of America : Multiple Galleries >> 2011 Parkville Flood : The Story of One Missouri Town > Stupid
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Stupid
04-JUL-2011 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

Stupid

Past the bold warning signs, past the bright yellow police tape, and straight into the water, this guy didn't even break his stride while going under all Police Tape & Barricades.
Without a second thought, he splashed into this street filled with nasty flood water. He later said that he was determined to go down to the River to get a better look. Along the way, he would have waded waist deep (or higher) through the massive quantity of polluted water engulfing the Ball Field. However unless he got swept away, that probably wouldn't have stopped him. Meanwhile, onlookers behind the barricades were cheering him on. They were stupid, too. Having to go back to get his dog - who refused to go into the flood water - finally slowed him down. At that point, law enforcement (stretched thin from dealing with situations like this many times a day) arrived on the scene and stopped this cavalier behavior. BTW, the man in this photo had a large cut on his leg. Hepatitis in the flood water is also a serious concern for anyone with an open wound. Obviously his dog, who refused to go in the water, was smarter than him.

"Health officials say this floodwater is contaminated with e-coli, raw sewage, and eggs that will hatch into worms inside your body." "We have it quarantined for a reason. The water's contaminated, it's nasty. It moves swiftly in a lot of areas and you don't know how deep it is in spots," said Kevin Chrisman, Parkville's police chief in an NBC news interview. From the gallery http://www.pbase.com/britestar/2011_flood_of_the_century


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Stephanie07-Jul-2011 00:26
Sigh.... Great image, silly man!