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Floods continue to ruin farms and neighborhoods in the Midwest. Torrential downpours overflowed several of the tributaries that feed the Mississippi River, sweeping away soy and corn crops, and livestock.

People who live on or near the second-longest river in the United States worry that they could be next, that their homes and land could be flooded in the next few days. Many of them are relying on an antiquated system of levees. Already, several of the man-made embankments have failed.

At the end of our first hour, we want to hear from listeners who have been affected by the floods. People from Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, particularly. Was your home, business, or farm flooded? What was ruined? What did you manage to save?



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Does the President realize that the terrible floods in the mid-west corn belt may be God's way of telling us,

Sent by Emily Schmidt | 2:42 PM | 6-19-2008

Neal, Guests -

I've not been affected by the flooding but would like to contribute aid. Is anyone maintaining a master list of credible charities taking cash to relieve American midwestern flood victims?

Sent by Mike in Tucson | 2:55 PM | 6-19-2008

As a witness to flooding in my home area last year, i feel terrible for the people of Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. May God be with them and hopeful aid will come in and actually provide some help like it did for my community.

Sent by Nicholas from Oklahoma | 5:54 PM | 6-19-2008

Katrina vs. Iowa Flooding

It is an interesting contrast. No looting, shooting and whining, no massive FEMA intervention, no 24/7 media coverage. Just local people pulling together to fix the problem.

Sent by Jack | 8:57 PM | 6-19-2008

Iowa has a web site,, that has links on how to donate.

Sent by Patrick | 9:31 PM | 6-19-2008

I hope those affected get the aid they need to recover. It's also really frightening to think of the impact that all of this flooded farmland is going to have on food prices.

Sent by John | 7:25 PM | 6-20-2008

Our house has been in 15 feet of water for 10 days now, and we neighbor Karen and Bill Schrock's land. It is so hard to believe that this happened to my family homestead of 93 years. A new era will now begin.

Sent by Cathy Schrock Larson | 2:15 PM | 6-24-2008

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