The Islands of Nebraska

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Tracy Downey says:

    A national emergency. There’s karmic irony on Sasse and Grassley’s doorstep. Has the president spoke on the dire needs of the two states that voted for him?

    I pray for the heartland. They are resilient, but human just the same. I don’t wish any ill will on any community dealing with challenges like these. And it will affect the farmers for sure.

    The president should stop tweeting about his personal vanity and focus on the American people.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    …are suffering some of the worst flooding seen in a generation, if not longer.

    The records that are being broken along the Missouri River, at least, were all set during the 2011 flooding, so hardly generational. Those floods might not have been quite as high as these, but many areas were flooded from the beginning of June until early August that year. Here by the Rockies, we’re not on pace for the kind of snowfall that helped cause the 2011 floods, but unless April is a complete bust there will be above average runoff this spring. The Army Corps of Engineers was trying to drop the levels behind their Missouri River dams to get ready for the runoff, but this flooding has pretty much stopped that activity. Depending on the weather, there could be another round of flooding along the Missouri in a couple of months.

    The home where my mom lives is quite near the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers. The building is high enough that there are no flood worries, but my sister had to drive the long way around to get to an open bridge across the Platte when she went to visit this weekend.Report

  3. Will Truman says:

    It feels like today the media has finally taken notice. Wall-to-wall coverage over lunch.Report

  4. Mike Schilling says:

    Sonoma County has had similar kinds of flooding recently. It’s a big story here, but I presume not nationally.Report

    • People are likely to get tired of the flood stories by June. Massive snow pack in the Sierras; deeper than average snow pack on the east side of the Rockies; above average spring precipitation forecasts for the eastern two-thirds of the country.Report