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A small town in Nevada looks eerily like New Orleans after Katrina…

FERNLEY, Nev. – A ruptured levee sent a frigid “wall of water” from a rain-swollen canal into this high desert town early Saturday, flooding hundreds of homes and forcing the rescue of more than a dozen people by helicopter and boat…

No injuries were reported in the flood in Fernley, about 30 miles east of Reno, after a section of the Truckee Canal up to 150 feet long broke soon after 4 a.m. As many as 3,500 people were temporarily stranded and more than 100 had gathered Saturday afternoon at a shelter set up at a high school.

Hurricanes, floods and blizzards are a certainty, even if they come only once a century. That’s why it’s in our long-term best interest to prepare and invest in public safety. The philosophy of rugged individualism doesn’t work when a large project, like a levee or a hurricane barrier, is needed.

It’s hard for a politician to justify raising tax money for maintenance and new building when the big storm might not come for many years, but it’s the responsible thing to do. We may not notice it in good times, but we all rely on mutual aid in some way. Good luck to the people of Fernley, Nevada, I hope they are able to rebuild soon.