My dad says all of these strange tornadoes and floods are God's way of saying He's *&%@ off at what we're doing to the environment. I don't doubt that it's global warming. But here's an encouraging story about the floods in Iowa, or at least the pictures. A very large number of volunteers showed up at the University of Iowa Main Library and formed human chains to get the lower books out of the special collections area of the basement. They were clearly working hard to save the books, and while there was a lot of flood damage to the building, it sounds like very little happened to the books.
So there to anyone who thinks no one cares about books anymore!