It's the latest incident of severe flooding in the American Midwest this year.
Another area of the American midwest is submerged in perhaps unprecedented flooding, this time along the Missisippi River. Parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas were issued further flood watches this week, according to USA Today, as areas already battered by storms and rain faced another onslaught that threatened to reengage the river floodwaters that had started to recede. The conditions have hit hard in small towns like Davenport, Iowa, which saw the nearby Mississippi crest to a record-high of more than 22 feet last week. In Missouri, close to a dozen levees have been breached or are threatened. It's the culmination of Midwest flooding that, according to the Washington Post, has already caused $12 billion in damage this year. Here are some of the most striking photos for a glimpse of what it's like on the ground.
bigO: 1) We should always have a lifeline / helping hand for those who need it. 2) The above being said, it should never be a point of pride the number of people we have receiving assistance has increased. My niece was on various forms of assistance for years, now she is down to just SNAP as her situation has improved. She is hoping to be off of SNAP before the end of the year. 3) Rep Ocasio-Cortez said, “Seven million people have not been lifted off food stamps in this country. They were kicked off food stamps in this country.” Again, this should only be for those who need it, not for those who can do for themselves. Some of the rule changes require people of working age - without a disability or dependents - to actively look for work or go to school. If they do not do those things, why should we help support their lifestyle of not trying to better themselves. The simple fact is our tax dollars (income) goes to programs such as this. I am willing to assist those who need help, but I am against providing that assistance to those who refuse to help themselves first.