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Never underestimate what rivers can do: destroy towns, wipe out fields, wash away forests and trees. We waited every spring for the rain and snowmelt from up north. If all the preparation for such rolling powerful water was adequate, mostly all would be survivable.
But what happens if the levees can't hold back the water? What happens if the flood walls are not quite tall enough? What if. What if.
This year floods have hit many states with horrendous destruction. Here is mine, in Illinois, where my people and towns are.
|Near Florence, IL We've eaten at this restaurant. Best grilled bologna sandwiches.|
|Rte. 100 Grafton, IL City has washed away ?? times. FEMA paid many residents to|
relocate to higher ground. Some didn't take the offer. Have driven through Grafton
for years when I was growing up.
|Water level is at 34 ft.|
The juncture where Illinois River joins the Mississippi River will cause the water level to rise two more feet in the next few days. Grafton won't survive this much.
Climate change? I don't know. These two rivers have a history of flooding, but not like this. Back in 1993 when I visited, the flood was historic. Now? New records are being set.
Note: The floods that flowing across plains states will prevent planting crops, raising livestock, etc. Expect costs of food and goods to rise.