Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Massive Flooding Hits Duluth Minnesota

On June 19 and 20, the city of Duluth MN. received over 10 inches of rain in less than 36 hours. Yes, for those who don't know, that is a lot of rain. Streets are flooded -- some streets are simply missing -- businesses are closed, and the rivers have still not crested. Bridges are washed out, sewer overflow fills the streets, sinkholes the size of houses swallowed up automobiles, and all this warrants ten seconds on the ABC's World News Tonight.

What is it about Duluth MN that makes its 100 year flood disaster less special than a hot day in New York City in the summer? Guess what, it's New York City and it's summer -- it's going to be hot. What is unusual is 10 inches of rain and people canoeing down the STREETS of Duluth MN. Yes, canoeing is a north woods pass time, but most of our canoeing is done on lakes and rivers, not down the streets.

I get it. Duluth MN is "way up north" and most people think anywhere north of Chicago is somewhere off the face of the earth, but come on. 10 inches of rain in a day and half?

The moment someone sneezes in Dallas, or a drop of rain falls in St. Louis brings out news reporters from all directions. But Duluth is washed away like Pharoah crossing the Red Sea and it's "Oh by the way, there are floods in Duluth, now onto something important -- like the Royal Family"?

Yeah, the news media really has their priorities in order, don't they? Next they'll be reporting about how a comedian called the GOP apes while ignoring the fact that a major GOP members claims to have evidence that 80 Democratic members of Congress are Communists. Oh, right. Oops!