Well Cedar Rapids, Iowa and other areas along the Mississippi River are experiencing a 1-in-500-year flood right now. A great cop and fellow blogger who runs the USA Incognito blog is stuck smack in the middle of it all and I know that she'll appreciate your prayers.
It is a mess there by any measure. Whole towns are underwater, tens of thousands of people are homeless, and Iowa officials are now describing this as the "Iowa Katrina" due to the scope of the devastation.
But one thing separates this catastrophe from the one that we saw in the Gulf, particularly in New Orleans, a few years ago. It's what we're NOT seeing.
--We're not seeing hordes of Iowans sitting on their roofs looking stupid and waiting for someone else to come save them.
--We're not seeing Iowans engaging in massive, wholesale looting and theft of luxury items that they don't even need.
--We're not seeing Iowans shooting at police officers and other rescue personnel.
--We're not seeing Iowans demand new housing for free and and then bitching because it's not good enough.
--We're not seeing Iowans demanding $2,000 debit cards from FEMA and then running off to the casinos or Mexican resorts to spend the dough.
--We're not seeing Iowans demand that the rest of us rebuild their old houses for free.
--We're not seeing Iowans blaming everyone except themselves while they sit around watching everyone else clean up their neighborhoods, and then calling us "racists" when we don't just let them move right in to the most desirable brand-new housing for free.
So while this flooding is a horrible tragedy, it's certainly not a Katrina, if only because Iowans are cut from a different--and better--cloth than all those second-hander socialists and life-long welfare recipients in New Orleans.
Oh yeah...And they don't have any national jokes like Ray Nagin as their elected officials.
Bet we're not seeing much of this in Iowa.
Keep the faith, Iowa. you'll pull through this in fine, American form.