The toll of the Hurricanes that swept through the Midwest is unimaginably horrible:
First there was the fury of the 150-mile per hour winds that damaged and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in Bowling Green and killed 12 people. Now comes the frustration of recovery. Finding a place to stay. Digging through the soggy wreckage to salvage a few clothes and personal items. Checking on filing insurance claims. Wondering what assistance will be available. Getting replacement driver’s licenses and credit cards. That was the exhausting reality for a lot of people in Bowling Green Sunday as the city dug out from a deadly tornado that hit about 1 a.m. Central time on Saturday.
You’ve probably already heard about the Amazon distribution center in Illinois:
Nearly every day as Christmas nears, Amazon’s share of online sales typically rises, as customers turn to the e-commerce giant to quickly deliver packages. To make that happen, Amazon hires hundreds of thousands of additional workers, both full-time employees and contractors, and runs its operations at full tilt.
One of them, Alonzo Harris, drove his cargo van into Amazon’s delivery depot in Edwardsville, Ill., after 8 p.m. on Friday after a full day delivering packages north of St. Louis. Suddenly, an alarm blared on his work phone. Someone yelled that this was not a drill. Mr. Harris, 44, ran into a shelter on Amazon’s site and heard a loud roar.
“I felt like the floor was coming off the ground,” he said. “I felt the wind blowing and saw debris flying everywhere, and people started screaming and hollering and the lights went out.”
And, no, ordinary people in these states did not have it coming irrespective of who they most recently voted for, and all of the affected jurisdictions deserve aid.