The floodwaters in Iowa and across the Midwest are beginning to recede, but the repercussions of the flooding will be substantial.
Some of the worst flooding occurred in Des Moines, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when levees lining the Iowa River and Des Moines River broke
, allowing floodwater to devastate the cities.
Recent flood damage demonstrates that the U.S. levee system is inadequate and unprepared for storms of this magnitude
“We as a nation have ignored our infrastructure for the past 50 years
. We haven't gone back to maintain the old roads and bridges and we just keep building new ones,” said Larry Larson, executive director of the flood plain managers group in Madison, Wisconsin.
Hundreds of Iowans have been forced to evacuate their homes, and those remaining have been encouraged to strictly ration their water intake
to preserve the fresh water resources available.
The U.S. economy is likely to suffer as a result of the floods, which have severely damaged corn and soybean crops
, and have delayed shipping