With the extreme flooding occurring all across the state, and with the tragic loss of four more lives at a Boy Scout camp as a result of tornados last night, it’s a little hard to blog about anything else right now.
Tragedies like this really put things into perspective. It makes a lot of our everyday concerns and even our political squabbles seem irrelevant and petty.
It does highlight the need to have strong and effective leaders in our government who can ensure that we are as prepared as possible for unexpected catastrophes such as these. As I was surfing the net this morning looking for news on the weather situation, I came across Chet Culver’s interview on the Today Show with Ann Curry.
I have to admit, the first thing that came through my mind was, “Dear lord, please don’t embarrass us on national television.” But I have to say, the Big Lug came through. He didn’t sound stupid, and the emotional drain all this is taking on him (and most Iowans) was evident. I do find it a little funny that whenever he gives interviews on disaster issues, no matter what the temperature and humidity, he wears that military-style green jacket. But, I guess if that’s the worst I can say about him right now, he’s not doing too bad.
Here’s some statistics for you. Over the last few weeks, approximately 15 Iowans are dead as a result of tornados and severe weather. 54 of our 99 counties have been declared disaster areas. All 9 major rivers in Iowa are at or above flood stage.
We need to:
1. Pray for those in need, and
2. Do what we can to help.