Many years ago I traveled to Iowa to attend law school at the Univesity of Iowa and have felt a connection to the place ever since. It is an incredibly beautiful place and its residents are remarkably resilient people.
This past week the people in Iowa, including those who live in Iowa City, where my alma mater is located, have been suffering through a deluge. Not only have people had to evacuate downtown Cedar Rapids, but evacuation orders have gone out to residents in Des Moines, Cedar Falls and Iowa City, as well as other smaller communities.
When I was in law school, some of my friends had a map of the United States that showed the west coast and the east coast as really large and the midwest and central part of the country as a sliver. They loved to show me the map because they knew I was from the Boston area and they believed that the map was a good illustration of how people living on the east coast and the west coast viewed every other place in the country, especially the midwest; i.e., as insignificant. In the coming weeks, I hope my former law school classmates are proven wrong and the people of Iowa and the other flooded miswestern states get the help they are going to need to recover from this horrible disaster.