Tim Kusky

Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University


Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences at Saint Louis University and author of the forthcoming Floods

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This weekend's newscasts and front pages were full of pictures dramatizing the damage from  record rainfall and massive flooding , especially in Iowa.

Is the Deluge in Iowa Worse than It Needed to Be?

This weekend's newscasts and front pages were full of pictures dramatizing the damage from record rainfall and massive flooding , especially in Iowa.

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