Monday, June 16, 2008

Katrina on the Prairie


"What makes Iowa difficult makes Iowans strong."

It is a discouraging time to be in Iowa, "the beautiful land." The lone sandbagger in the photo taken just a few blocks from my home represents thousands of volunteers who contribute their sweat toward the anti-flooding efforts. Senator Tom Harkin advised my nephew David to "put on some sunscreen" when the two of them met on the frontline of the sandbagging effort in Iowa City. Sadly, despite the best of efforts, it has been a losing cause too often.

After an overnight evacuation, my sister's family joyfully returned to their home which was untouched by water in Cedar Rapids. Because they didn't lose electricity, the sump pumps had even kept their basement dry. But I'm sure you've seen the photos of thousands of structures with water up to their roofs when a dirt levee broke. Our family was fortunate.

Here in southeast Iowa, we're braced for the crest still to come when the Iowa, Cedar and Wapsipinicon Rivers...and all the rest...empty into the Mississippi. The "Old Miss," which forms the border of so many states, lends a poignant note this week to my "border explorer" theme.

Thanks for your thoughts, prayers, good karma, and concern as our nation faces a Katrina on the Prairie.

8 comments:

D.K. Raed said...

"Katrina on the Prairie" ... that really makes the point, really says it all. We are all watching this unfold in our living rooms, while you are watching it from your front yards (those fortunate enough to still have front yards unflooded). Please be careful.

Wolf Blitzer gleefully reminded us today that we can look forward to sharing in your misery soon, this summer, as the crop damage results in higher food prices for all. Someday someone is going to take a razor to that man's chin while he is live on TV. If it is a crazed menopausal redhead, you might think she looks familiar.

dada said...

Hang in there, BE! The best is yet to come. Glad you're doing okay - as is your sister's family.

I was thinking of you this weekend, having gone to see your mom as you'd stated. And I was wondering, instead of the short trip that it normally would be, it was an 837 mile trek, trying to avoid roads underwater?

It's funny, because a week or two ago I was remarking to Mrs. Dada, "B.E. is in a better place," as our winds continued and temps were rising.

But now, as I'm reminded while the winds have subsided but the tekmps continue to climb - 106 today!), there's no place to run, no place to hide.

(BTW, I'm still trembling about DK's remark re Wolf and the Razor. Unless she meant to take the razor not to his beard, but his throat instead? [grin])

D.K. Raed said...

Dada, I meant his beard. He thinks it lends him a professorial air, but the fluffy BS that spews out of mouth constantly reminds me that he is just another TV talking news reader. I hope you don't think I hate all beards. It's just when the beard is a beard, pretending to be something else, I can't stand the subterfuge & want to unmask him.

We reached 104 today, less than 10% humidity. A good day to stay inside watching the upper midwest floods & hoping the levees hold up. Also hoping everyone around there has some flood insurance & that the insurers don't declare bankruptcy to avoid pymnt as they did during the california wildfires we endured living there. "The Good Hands People" are good at reaching their hands into your pocket for premiums, but not so good at paying claims. The "Like a Good Neighbor" insurance company turned out to be like a neighbor from hell...

RebelliousRenee said...

BE....

phew.... I'm glad to read that you and your family are ok.... I've been thinking about you all weekend...

my prayers are with you and your fellow Iowans...

Border Explorer said...

The good news here is that the river has crested. We'll have flooding for (quite?) awhile, but it won't get worse.

This will be an expensive proposition. BTW DK, I had a similar experience with that supposed "good neighbor" and would never use them again...not that I have any more confidence in their competition.

The temps/wind in the SW sound horrible.

Thanks again for the prayers and good wishes.

dada said...

I have this idea that if weather continues to get more erratic and damages from such become greater and greater, fewer and fewer "good neighbors" and "good hands" will be able to reimburse for damages the public has paid them to protect against without those companies "culling the herd of bad risks and raising premiums to prohibitive heights" on the remaining they continue to insure such that many will be unable to afford insurance any longer.

Then we shall see the REAL damages that global warming can inflict on us?

DivaJood said...

B.E., stay safe, stay dry, and avoid any Bush appointees to FEMA...

Border Explorer said...

B.E., stay safe, stay dry, and avoid any Bush appointees to FEMA...
LOL!!! Thanks, Diva!

Dada, we'll have to return to depending on family and friends when the corporate model fails us. Maybe not a bad thing.

Rebellious Renee (omg you have a great name), thanks for your prayers and concern. Iowa will be a long time in recovery. Things will get worse around the nation as a result. We'll all need prayers & support. You've got mine, too.