May 2011, Week 4


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Amid Disaster, Community

By James Carroll
The Boston Globe
May 23, 2011 by 


Genesis says that after the flood of Noah, God promised
'never again" to so wreak destruction on the earth. Try
telling that to folks living in the nine states affected by
the floods of the Mississippi. 'It's an act of God," one
woman told a reporter. But then, hinting at the wonder of
this event, she added, 'So who should I be angry at?"
Blaming God opened a gate into a refusal to blame.

In the worst Mississippi flooding at least since the Great
Depression, more than three million acres of farmland have
been inundated in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and
Louisiana. In many places, water levels have reached all-time
records. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced to
higher ground, and the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that
up to 25,000 homes are being flooded. Dozens of cities and
towns have water where it isn't supposed to be. Across the
region, thousands of jobs have been destroyed, along with
crops, businesses, and infrastructure. Pollutants are
poisoning land on a scale not seen before. The most
impoverished states in the nation are being set back even
further. And for each statistic in this litany of
devastation, there are unnumbered individuals whose lives
have been ruined. A slow-motion catastrophe that began weeks
ago is far from over.

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