Before Tom Daschle shuffled off from his Senate position in South Dakota, he was able to have modified the flood control plan concerning the dams in his state vis a vis the Missouri River system. The system put into place allowed the dams to hold water to support fishing and boating in South Dakota for a longer period of time in the winter. This has proven to be a boon to South Dakota’s tourism, as fisherman from surrounding states have gone to South Dakota in greater numbers.
His plan modification had a bad side to it, and of course, no one ever expected for it to run into a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances.
Of course, you know the rest of the story. Those circumstances did happen. Too much snow combined with torrential rains, and now we have a problem.
The solution, in the plan, was to release water from the dams and let it flow down the floodplains of Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. So, the Army Corps of Engineers did just that. However, they did it with little warning to the farmers, boaters, and businesses built along those floodplains. In addition, already the Army CoE has had to increase their estimates as to the amount of water needing to be released. Word is now the area will be flooded for up to TWO YEARS!
Of course, Ben Nelson does not want to investigate what is going on, because of his dear old friend Daschle’s changes that Nelson signed off upon in the Senate. Mike Johanns was not Senator yet, and he is calling for an investigation. Our congressmen want an investigation, as does Iowa’s congressmen bordering along the flood zone. Ben Nelson makes excuses.
But, here is the kicker. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), who is the entity that issues flood insurance, has been claiming that since the flood is ‘man-made’, those with flood insurance are not eligible for benefits. This for a flood caused by the Obama Administration/Army Corps of Engineers. How many lives will be ruined by the government’s own incompetence in managing this situation, then they will not own up to the mess they created.
And where is Ben on this? He gave some half-assed answers on talk radio here in Omaha, but this is why we elected him in the first place. That is his job, one he just does not want to do in this case.