the current mess at Nickelsville is the result of the flood that occurred there this fall... and really hasn't stopped.
every time it rains, they flood.. though not as badly as the flood that got all of the news attention...
they keep playing catch up trying to clean up from that initial mess and get tents far enough out of the muck to prevent more mess every time the water rises.
in addition, nickelsville was overwhelmed with donations after that flood that they didn't have the resources to handle...
this is one of those situations where the kindness of others has actually made things somewhat worse..
they are finally getting a handle on things and attempting to turn the situation around..
but it isn't easy and residents get very discouraged.
as a bike rider, you are likely more immune to the weather than most..
but imagine what life would be like if the soaking you got wasn't temporary..
if you couldn't get warm or dry and your muscles tightened up and you were easily injured?
this is what everyone who lives in Nickelsville faces every time it rains.
the city botched a plan for the sunny jim site because of contamination..
yet it would have been far healthier for the residents of Nickelsville to be under shelter than wading in the same kind of toxic mulch in the containment pond they call home.
instead of blaming the individuals who find themselves stuck in Nickeslville,
we should blame the system that leaves them without better options.