August 20, 2007


You may have heard about some flooding going on around these parts. I reckon. Ya'll. Shucks. Some other "folksy" speak.

Yes, much rain and flooding have indeed inundated the area. Rivers are high. Creeks are higher. Streams are highest. The sidewalks framing my property were practically streams all by themselves. And more rain is in the forecast!

The local news outlets are on the case, of course, with the Post-Bulletin going all out with a series of articles dubbed, in full-blown, attention-grabbing fashion, the "DEADLY DELUGE!" I suppose you could call it the "Double D," or the "Dolly Parton Flood," but I guess "Deadly Deluge" works as well as anything.

I can't blame the P-B for wanting to capitilize on this. I remember the big storms that hit back in the summer of 1998, when I was a reporter for the Winona Daily News. There was an electricity in the newsroom and a general feeling of "duty" to get the story out to the readers, DAMN IT! Plus, it sold papers, which was just kind of a bonus for us beat reporters, but was probably of some significance for those above us making more than $6 an hour. Just a hunch.

Today, of course, I'm just a marketing/journalist stooge working for THE MAN, having long since sloughed off the nonsense ideals of "objectivity" and "speaking truth to power," the latter of which always conjured images of reading an encyclopedia to a plug-in outlet: both ridiculous to behold and basically pointless.

Thus free of such meaningless contraints, I CAN LAUGH AT THIS. I don't care who you are, the idea of a "failed dike," should make you laugh: a lesbian who just can't find the g-spot. Granted, you have to look past the human drama of the flood to get to the "failed dike" humor, but I've always been a heartless, morally bankrupt soul, so it wasn't that difficult.

Posted by Ryan at August 20, 2007 10:53 AM | TrackBack

I especially like our local KTTC news crack team coverage where the only report that I seen over and over again was the poor woman who was concerned that the Kutzky park playground equipment was under water......Don't worry about the 6 dead people!

Posted by: Bob at August 20, 2007 11:59 AM

Speaking of deaths, there were some teenagers HANGING from one of the bridges over by Crenlo yesterday. Talk about tempting fate.

Posted by: Ryan at August 20, 2007 12:10 PM

I just went to your link to the PB. This headline made me choke on my coffee, "FEMA aid could come within a month." A month?!? COME ON!! I mean, I realize the Army Corp. of Engineers probably did blow out the dikes in Rushford to rid the area of the poverty-striken, but still!

Posted by: Autumn at August 21, 2007 09:06 AM

Oh, hey, Autumn, I've been meaning to ask how Lanesboro fared during the flood. I haven't heard much, so I've assumed it emerged okay. Any word?

Posted by: Ryan at August 21, 2007 10:53 AM

Yeah-Lanesboro's fine. The road to Mom and Dad's was flooded Sunday, but they just stayed in Whalan. The river's down now; I'm sure it's a mess, but nothing compared to all the other areas.

Posted by: Autumn at August 21, 2007 12:57 PM

I heard FEMA funds to New Orleans took almost a year to arrive (the actual dollars to distribute to those affected). So a month is a huge improvement.

Posted by: dailytri at August 21, 2007 03:06 PM
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