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Iowa Floods and Natural Disasters - Taking Stock (Full Program) (Episode 164)

posted on June 12, 2008

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Most Iowans are reacting to the immediate situations of rising flood waters and sudden tornados, but the aftermath of the storms will ripple through Iowa’s economy for months to come. The Iowa Journal will explore the costs and loss of productivity when Iowans lose their homes, their farm crops or their local businesses. Insurance companies, many of the headquartered in Iowa, have paid out millions in losses from storms that ripped across the state over the Memorial Day weekend. Now floodwaters have inundated communities large and small, as well as thousands of acres of farmland. Studio guests are David Swenson, Iowa State University economist and L.D. McMullen, former CEO of Des Moines Water Works, now a consultant with Snyder and Associates. The show travels to many cities devastated by recent floods, including Mason City, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and parts of Des Moines. In the News Analysis segment, David Pitt of the Associated Press updates host Paul Yeager on the aftermath of tornado that killed four Boy Scouts at the Little Sioux Scout Ranch in western Iowa. The two also discussed how the Midwest floods are affecting corn prices. (27:46)

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