IN HAMMOND, Katie Shones steps onto the pavement, points to the spot only feet from the sidewalk that shows just how close floodwaters came to her home. Even though her house, just across Wabasha County Road 11 from the Zumbro River, escaped the raging waters by mere feet, she’s upset.
“I’m very angry,” Shones says. “Obama needs to get off his butt and declare it a disaster area.”
She contends that if this was the Twin Cities, with 80 percent of the houses affected by the flood like the 80 percent in Hammond, something would be happening.
“First it’s grief, then post traumatic stress and now people are getting angry,” Shones continues, her agitation increasing.
“It’s devastating. Winter’s coming. Where are these people going to live?” She’s worried about her friends and neighbors in this town of some 230.
Shones need only look across or down the street, toward the row of water-damaged businesses or to the heaps of ruined appliances or to the piles of tires or to the lined-up trash containers to understand the devastation.
She’s had enough. She wants help for her community. Now.
© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling