Got a nice email from Patrick who is from the town of Oakville, Iowa. For those of you who don’t remember, Oakville is a small town that basically isn’t any more; well, it’s on the road to recovery but it’s a long road. Anyway, he’s set up a blog over at Blogger to document the flood at Oakville. You can click here to go to Patrick’s blog.
I got this as a forward, and it really rings with truth. (Thanks, Jim!)
As I watched the news coverage of the massive flooding in the Midwest with over 100 blocks of the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under water with the levees breaking, and the attention now turned downstream for when this massive amount of water hits the Mississippi, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn’t see…
- We don’t see looting.
- We don’t see street violence.
- We don’t see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the government to come and save them.
- We don’t see people waiting on the government to do anything.
- We don’t see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for people to rebuild.
- We don’t see people blaming President Bush.
- We don’t see people ignoring evacuation orders.
- We don’t see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up the levees as the reason some have not held.
- We don’t see the US Senators or the Governor of Iowa crying on TV.
- We don’t see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about the lack of state or federal response.
- We don’t see or hear reports of the police going around confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
- We don’t see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting at the rescue workers.
- You don’t see some leaders in this country blaming the bad behavior of the Iowa flood victims on ‘society’ (of course there are no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).
Iowa vs. Louisiana
- Where are all of the Hollywood celebrities holding telethons asking for help in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the floods?
- Where is all the media asking the tough questions about why the federal government hasn’t solved the problem?
- Asking where the FEMA trucks (and trailers) are?
- Why isn’t the Federal Government relocating Iowa people to free hotels in Chicago?
- When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?
- Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?
- Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes and big screen television sets?
- When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to rebuild a ‘vanilla’ Iowa, because that’s the way God wants it?
- Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with reports of cannibalism?
- Where are the people declaring that George Bush hates white, rural people?
- How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa flooding ever again?
I can’t believe this. The Daily Iowan (the University of Iowa’s daily newspaper) is all worried about the environmental aftereffects of the flood. What a load of BS! Environmental aftereffects!? What ever did we do before there were environmentalists to cry about natural disasters? Really, people! Floods have happened for millions of years to the Mississippi valley in the Iowa/Illinois area and it has led to some of the most fertile soil in the world. Then in the past century or so, man has come along and put up levees, dams and other structures to prevent flooding. So the hundreds of centuries before the past century was all damage and loss of phosphorus? Really? And the Mississippi valley has had poor topsoil until then? Really? Let’s keep our eyes on the ball here, people. We need to get the thousands of displaced families taken care of. We need to clean up the downtown area of Cedar Rapids (Iowa’s second largest city at about 125,000). We need to reconstruct many of the roads that were washed away in the flood. Heck, we need to find out where the small town of Oakville (population 438) is – we have heard it was last sighted about 40 miles downstream from where it was originally located. We have an entire “laundry list” of items to tend to before we worry about the phosphorus in the topsoil. Of course, they don’t call it “The People’s Republic of Iowa City” for nothing. It’s a “beehive” of political correctness, misguided leadership and lack of common sense.
I don’t have any of my own pictures, but the flood waters that I posted about earlier are receding. They have taken roads all around us. US6 is going to need major work before it can be used. So is IA22 and County F70. I do have a picture of US6 where the water has receded a bit:
Louisa County (just south of us) has been declared an individual Federal Disaster Assistance County. I was pretty sure it was going to happen. I’ve seen pictures that are hard to believe. Ken Purdy, former teacher/coach at Columbus Community High School and current Louisa County Board of Supervisors member, has a lot of good pics on his site. Click here to go to Ken’s main page. Click here to go to his first page of flood pics. Click here to go to his second page of flood pics.
I’ve seen a lot more pictures than Ken’s but his are very representative of what’s going on here. President Bush was to tour Cedar Rapids today – it was very hard hit by the flood. I’ve heard that over $80 million in damages so far. While the places in his pictures are harder hit, there are a lot more people and businesses in Cedar Rapids.
We’ve had flooding here again this year. I had pictures back on April 30, and thought that was the end of the flooding around here for this year. Boy, was I wrong. We have roads closed; I’m not talking just the county roads or gravel roads either. I80 is closed east of Iowa City where it crosses the Cedar River. US6, US92, IA22, US30 and IA1 were all closed for several days. Some of these may be open now, but they were called closed yesterday. Downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city, has been evacuated; a lot of Iowa City, where the University of Iowa is located, is evacuated. I didn’t go see my dad yesterday because to travel the 17 miles from Muscatine to West Liberty I would have actually had to drive almost 250 miles.
Yesterday Breezomatic and I went 7 miles west to see the flooding at the Cedar River on IA22. This one seemed pretty funny to me. “Restoring America’s Wetlands”?! That seems to be what the flood is doing without any help from the government!
This guy needs to read the freakin’ sign. I heard that he was trying to drive back to his place in his pickup. I thought those kind of people only lived in Arkansas or Mississippi but I guess I was wrong.
This is a nice view of why the road is closed. You can see a tractor and a Jeep that were on the road two days ago but were carried off by the current and by the road collapsing. Off in the distance about a mile or two away you can see where the road comes up out of the water.
We are having some “minor” flooding issues here in Muscatine. We had our highest flood in recorded history in 1993 and our most damaging flood in history in 1965 – I remember both. This is just a bit of high water in comparison. A friend of mine took some pictures, so I thought I share a few: