Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Slow Moving Disaster: Mississippi Flooding

I'm working remotely today at a USDA symposium, but wanted to post this very timely piece by way of Politico Daily:
UNDERCOVERED: "Slow-moving disaster along mighty Mississippi" - AP/Hickman, Ky.: "Anticipating a slow-motion disaster that could break flood records dating to the 1920s, thousands of people from Illinois to Louisiana have been forced from their homes, and anxiety is rising along with the mighty river, even though it could be a week or two before some of the most severe flooding hits.... [I]n Missouri, ... Army engineers blew up a levee and sacrificed vast stretches of farmland to protect populated areas upstream. ... Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned people to expect monumental flooding and said he was moving his furniture from his family's lakeside home to prepare for flooding from the Yazoo River."

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