We are in a severe drought here. All fireworks are banned, no one can grill using charcoal, and all open fires are prohibited. The city fire works display has been cancelled. Our town usually resounds with the sound of fireworks the week before and just after July 4. It is always illegal to shoot off fireworks in town, but the police rarely enforce it. This year we were told the local constabulary would be “heavy handed” in enforcing the fireworks ban. No one wants their house or neighborhood to go up in flames, and people are being very careful.
Ranchers are selling their cattle, CPR land has been opened up for emergency grazing, and farmers are pretty depressed. It is really too late for anything but the pastures to recover if we would get some rain. It isn’t promising. The high temperatures are predicted to be around 100 this week. We have sufficient water to keep the gardens going, thanks to an upgraded city water system and the Missouri River. I scowl, though, when I see people watering lawns, especially when they are watering in high winds and more water goes in the air than on the lawn.
The governor has declared our county and several others to be disaster areas. This is a slow, painful disaster that will take a long time to see a recovery. We need a good long stretch of several days of rain, and that never happens out here.
How have you coped with disasters?