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April 19, 2013 12:02 PM Flooded Out

By Ed Kilgore

This probably doesn’t matter much to anyone other than journalists (and the people directly affected, plus their friends and relatives depending on media coverage), but while the news-consuming public is riveted by the drama unfolding in and around Boston, a big chunk of central Indiana is underwater from flooding.

This is the sort of story that would be getting wall-to-wall media coverage on a slow news day. I’m not watching television right now, but I’d be curious to know from any readers with the tube on if the Indiana story is getting attention (other than on the Weather Channel), or is instead being flooded out.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • c u n d gulag on April 19, 2013 12:11 PM:

    I've got MSNBC on, for background noise.

    And the noise is all terrorists, all the time.

    W had bad timing.
    If this happened back in September of '05, nobody would know for weeks that New Orleans had drowned.

  • Capri on April 19, 2013 12:51 PM:

    I live in Indiana - and the flooding is pretty much what is seen every year at this time. Perhaps it's really bad in Zionsville, but where I live (40 miles away from Zionsville) it's not so bad. The entrance to my subdivision can floods when there's a lot of rain. It was under 2-3 inches of water last night, had drained off by this a.m. When the hurricane came through in 2004 it was under water for a week.

    So - it this was a slow news day it would be on the news because they have to put SOMETHING on. Because it's actually newsworthy - not so much.

  • golack on April 19, 2013 12:52 PM:

    Local news has it in Chicago...

    But little on that or the explosion in Texas nationally. Ok, latter may not be a terror attack, but literally, half the town was blown away...For the former, not many deaths, but a lot of people displaced. Not as sexy as Boston under lockdown, but still...

    All news organizations geared up for Boston once the first bomb went off, and don't have the resources to cover any other story...

  • Steve P on April 19, 2013 2:14 PM:

    Yes on West, Texas . . . You needn't be psychic to know that they probably got a conditional pass on their last safety test, or hadn't had one in years.

    And the number of workplace deaths will continue to dwarf the death rate from terror.

  • JR on April 19, 2013 5:13 PM:

    Much has receded but yesterday was awful here in Chicago... At my bus stop, I was standing in 8" of water, coming in waves off the street, sloshing under my long rain coat into my wellies. Boss in the western burbs had his backyard in 3' of water. I assumed from the picture that there was a creek running between the yards, as it looked like a river - nope, just grass... His neighbor said the water was 6"-8" over the 100-year flood mark.