Like wading deeper into a murky pond...
Book 1 -- Derry has 80,133
Book 2 -- New World for Old is 90,065
Book 3 -- Derry '81 is up to 68,199
He did something similar during a plane wreck in Foreign Correspondent. As the plane's heading down to the ocean, the passengers fight to get to the back of it because the nose will hit the water, first. Um, centrifugal force will slam them all back to the nose, once the plane hits...but that gets ignored.
There are lots of films like that. I absolutely despised The Rock because it paid zero attention to how things would really work in order to have the script keep going. And wasn't Keanu Reeves in one where he outraced a nuclear explosion on a motorbike? Drives me crazy, because it's lazy, sloppy writing. I don't want anything like that in APoS.
Guess that makes me a truth freak...