THE DAM

 

submerged pipe and hose--Dale Rogerson

Photo Copyright: Dale Rogerson

Here we are for another week. This week, we’re gathered high in the virtual mountains near a virtual dam. Our guide and hostess for this trip and gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rocehlle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge for each of us in the group is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/30-october-2015/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE DAM by P.S. Joshi

We lived in a beautiful valley in the mountains. A clean stream flowed through it. Our ancestors lived there many years before us, and built our homes.

One day important men came and told us a dam was needed. They said they wanted our valley, and would give us other good land to live on and farm.

Our valley and village are now far under water. We are living in a new village built by us. The land is not good for farming.

Water from the dam is sent by pipes to the city.

No one can help us now.

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54 thoughts on “THE DAM

    • Thanks, Rochelle. I’m so pleased you liked the story. It seems to be progress only to those who benefit. Uneducated people are often cheated. They don’t know their rights. Even when they do, it can be dangerous to go against some powerful people. —- Suzanne

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  1. Has the familiar ring of ‘progress’ about it. I used to live near a village that had been flooded to provide a reservoir. Rumour had it that when the level was low, the church bell would ring! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Good story, Suzanne. I’m sure this happens more often than we hear about.

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    • Thanks, Diana. It is sad. Those poor people are often not highly educated. All they want to do is live peacefully and farm their land. It’s hard for even the educated to fight that kind of pressure from above, or from criminals. A man here in Pune who was working against superstitious practices that were killing people, was shot dead on his morning walk by drive-by killers on a motor bike. They’ve never found the men. Friends and relatives have taken up the fight in his name. —- Suzanne

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  2. it’s an all-too-familiar story made in the name of progress. in our province in the philippines, a whole town was submerged in water to build a big dam. the government said it was for the common good. when a big storm comes around now, the dam releases excess water into the river flooding the surrounding towns.

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    • Thanks, Plaridel. It sounds very familiar. That’s terrible about that dam in the Philippines. They could certainly come up with a better plan than that. It sounds like what happens here on years when the reservoirs are too full. Water is released into the river, and whatever is near the river gets submerged. Of course, that’s where some of the poor live. As I remember, one year it seemed someone forgot to give a warning. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Gah. Progress is always mentioned, but it seems “money” is the hidden incentive behind all this “progress.” I always suspect someone’s lining their pockets. Greed is so thick these days you can almost cut it with a knife. I’m so pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Bjorn. It is a common problem. Greed seems to be ahead of progress in many of these cases. This is probably one of the reasons people feel the need to resettle in cities, thus causing other problems. —- Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Subroto. I remember reading some time ago about this problem happening. It could have been the author discussing the Narmada Dam. I don’t remember the name of the dam. We weren’t living in India until the end of 2000, so I wouldn’t have known about it when it happened. I’m so pleased you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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  3. One day important men came – My favorite line. Recently, the Elwha and Glimes Dams were removed from the Elwha River here in Washington. Hopefully that will help the salmon run return to that river. Well told story.

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    • Thanks, Alicia. That’s the first instance I’ve heard of that dams have been “removed.” There must have been a powerful effort made to get that done. I hope the salmon run recovers. Man is forever trying to “improve” on nature and just succeeds in messing things up. I’m so pleased you liked the story. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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  4. ‘Sad story told well. Good old “eminent domain” does it again. I once lived in a home in my teens that we had bought and we were told we had to sell because they were putting a freeway there. So we sold and moved. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Susan. That “is” an old story. In Akron, the city did the same thing. A whole area was decimated. One parish church lost a lot of its members. They had to finally shut down their school. I knew a fellow who’s aunt lost her house there. The city paid her something, but it wasn’t all that much. I’m so pleased you liked the story.

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    • Thanks, RG. It’s always a shame when so-called progress just moves people at will. It works especially well for those in authority if the people they move are poor and uneducated. It’s also dangerous sometimes to fight against it. —- Suzanne

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  5. Sad, unfortunate tale, Suzanne. Well told. It’s not fair that this happens to people. We have a reservoir in our town and I understand there are remnants of old cities at the bottom of the lake.

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    • Thanks, Amy. It’s creepy to think of bulidlings at the bottom of a reservoir. It’s like the film “Waterworld” I saw recently on TV where most of the Earth was covered by water and they were searching for Dry Land. I’m so pleased you liked the story. It is a shame when people are forced to move and don’t do well afterwards. —- Suzanne

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