Tuesday, June 17, 2008


This photo (by the AP's Jeff Roberson) is an example of the devastation in Iowa's recent flooding. The houses gathered like flotsam against a Cedar River railroad bridge reminded me of the great Ohio River flood of 1937.
After the greatest natural disaster ever to hit the Ohio Valley, a great number of levees, floodwalls and anti-flood reservoirs were put into place to make sure it didn't happen again. That's why this Bill Watterson editorial cartoon from August 25, 1980, is so confusing to me. I don't recall any flooding in 1980 and, indeed, even the '37 flood wasn't as extreme as depicted in the cartoon.
Can I get some reader help on this? Does anybody recall what he's referring to?

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