Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sacrifice

The Iowa River sacked Columbus Junction's three-pronged makeshift levee system Saturday night, drowning the community's lower section. State officials offered to send 400 National Guard troops to attempt to reinforce the levee, but town leaders saw the breach as inevitable and declined. Those troops instead were used to guard Oskaloosa's water facility on the Skunk River. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 16, 2008.)
Columbus Junction fell on the grenade.

1 comment:

Sarah Gail Hedlund said...

From one distant Iowan to another it sure is strange to watch, hear and read about all the flooding that's happening from far away and not be there to help.