Technology failing us?

In 2012 we have every imaginable device available to modern technology.

In 2012 we have every imaginable device available to modern technology.

At times it appears almost as though day-to-day living functions are on remote control. Computers have become almost indispensable tools of information from research into family roots to providing almost minute by minute weather reports.

Space travel has become a reality much in the mode of the Buck Rogers 21st Century comic strip so popular decades ago.

It seems nothing is impossible now.

Although at considerable cost, airplanes and helicopters are used for multiple purposes, even the somewhat superficial task of monitoring traffic flow in urban areas.

I had presumed that the monitoring of the flow of mountain streams would have been standard practice particularly during the unusual weather patterns we have experienced this year.

Surely with today’s easier access to upper regions, it could be determined when something unusual is happening to the flow of mountain streams.

In the late 1960s decade, just prior to the fatal washout at Camp Creek on the west end of Griffin Lake, Trans-Canada Highway, it had been noted that during a normal high runoff, the creek had dwindled down to a mere trickle.

It would be interesting to know whether similar indictions were evident during all the recent disasters.

In the late 1920-1930 decade, it was understandable that people were caught without warning in landslides and washouts.

By today’s standards that is classed as a primitive era.

Did someone turn the clock back or is there some computer-literate reason why everyone was caught flat-footed in 2012?

Alli M. Graham