Commentary: Trump's war on the hungry
All across America, families are experiencing an alarming increase in the need for food.Even before the pandemic hit, hunger was part of the daily lives of some 37 million Americans, including 11 million children. That’s according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 2018 and reported by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.In the world’s wealthiest nation, those are astounding numbers.Now a new study from Feeding America finds those numbers are swelling during the COVID-19 crisis. All told, the group reported, approximately 54 m...
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Whitmer expands mid-Michigan flood disaster area, adds Iosco County
DETROIT — Mid-Michigan’s emergency disaster area from last week’s flooding got bigger Wednesday, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer adding Iosco County to Saginaw, Midland, Gladwin and Arenac counties.Days of rainfall, followed by the failure of both the Edenville and Sanford dams, led to the evacuation of 10,000 Michiganders and the destruction of homes, roadways and bridges.However, north of there, in Iosco County, residents said heavy rainfall — 8 inches or more — overflowed rivers, streams and lakes, causing flooding they had not seen before.The floodwaters have largely receded, but they damaged a...
Detroit Free Press
Pandemic stands to compound Mississippi River towns' risk through flood season
ST. LOUIS — In recent years, major floods have become a nearly annual scourge around the U.S. and in the St. Louis region, where the Mississippi River has soared to four of its nine highest recorded levels within the past decade — in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2019.So far, this year’s flood-risk outlook appears safer for main regional waterways, but experts warn that any major episode in 2020 could pose a far greater threat, if layered on top of an ongoing pandemic.“That would be just a terrible combination of events,” said David Stokes, head of the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance, a nonprofit group f...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch