A lot of people have asked me what I think about the Army Corps blowing the levies along the Mississippi River this week.
I usually don't take a stand on weather disasters, cause there's not much to be gained by taking either side in a controversy over which I have no control.
However, it occurs to me that this is a situation where by acting in advance of a disaster, the Corps can prevent the loss of life, property and economic stability in the region that is known to be flood prone.
In this case, the Corps and meteorologists can see the problem coming at them, and by taking action now, can avoid more losses. This is a little different from Katrina, which came up faster than many could react.
Plus, the land being flooded by the waters will now be in an area where residents were and always have been told that they were at risk...that they live in a flood plain.
That doesn't lessen the heartbreak and losses, but it does fulfill something that they had been warned about for years and years.
Plus, these people have experienced flooding losses in the past, and know what to expect. The only difference is that this time, the flooding would not happen hear except for man's intervention.
It's a tough call. And it's one that will be second guessed for years to come.
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