Midwest Flooding

After late snow in February, and a “bomb cyclone” during mid-March, catastrophic flooding across the Midwest has left a mark. Levees have been completely destroyed and water is bleeding throughout Iowa, Nebraska, and other states in record breaking numbers.  

By Ty Warbis

A small town in Iowa was completely submerged in water after its levee broke. All 1,100 residents had to flee their homes. Luckily, no one was killed. The Army Corps of Engineers re-issued a warning for more flooding after more snow melts along the upper regions of the Midwest. This mostly affects Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.  

Government relief has bypassed farmers who lost their stored crops in the floods. The US Government said they cannot do anything about the millions of bushels of damaged crops. The USDA has no mechanism to compensate for damaged crops in farmers’ storages. That’s in part because US farmers have never stored so much of their harvest after years of oversupplied markets. They have also lost a large amount of money from the US trade war with China who were previously their biggest buyer of soybean exports.  

Although the government is not doing anything, a Kansas woman bought out a closing Payless ShoeSource store and donated all the shoes to flood victims. Addy Tritt bought all the remaining shoes for $100 after negotiating with the business when it dropped prices to $1 per pair. A total of 204 pairs of shoes would have a retail price of over $6,000.  

The flooding is threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimated that people living in more than 300 counties across ten states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood water. These ten states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  

With the rest of the snow melting and run off from the Rocky Mountains, we can only expect to see more flooding around all the midwestern states. Rivers will continue to rise, and more water will be rushing around causing problems for communities around the Midwest.