Newsweek’s first sentence: “Whether they’ve lost homes or businesses, many Iowans still feel blessed because they survived–and have good neighbors.” It is the beginning of personal tales of survival and helping other to survive.
This story of disaster, survival, hard work and preparation and we won’t know true extent of it all for weeks. Americorps has been in the forefront of much of the preparation for the disasters that have happened and they are working to hold the onslaught of the waters yet to come downstream.
In Clarksville, Missouri, preparing for the onslaught of the water headed in their direction, “I think they are awesome,” said Clarksville Alderman Mike Russell, also the town’s emergency services manager. “I can literally tell you that if it was not for them running the City Hall end, we would be much worse off.” If parts of the town successfully fend off the record floodwaters expected by the weekend, it will be largely because of Rooney, Henning and their colleagues, he added.[my emphasis]
It’s an awesome story of survival for the people of the Mid-West. We who are not there can only send our thoughts, prayers and donation to the Red Cross and other agencies.
For a round up from around the state of Iowa check the Des Moines Register.