Vacationers in the Eastern U.S. enjoyed some fine late summer weather this Labor Day weekend. But in the West, heavy rains and flooding have made a mess of weekend plans.
Burning Man Doused by Flooding
In Las Vegas, a city bus could be seen rolling through waist-high water after monsoonal rains and storms led to flash flooding. And in northwestern Nevada, flooding and mud from torrential rains have left tens of thousands of people stranded at the Burning Man Festival.
Attendees were being advised to conserve food, water, and fuel.
One person is reported dead. Music star Diplo posted a video to his social media accounts saying he and comedian Chris Rock walked 5 miles in the mud before being picked up by a fan.
The nation’s midsection is seeing temperatures in the 90s, and South Dakota and Minnesota could see triple digits while the heat moves east.
Operation Blessing Aiding Idalia Survivors
Meanwhile, as we approach the peak of hurricane season tropical threats are brewing in the Atlantic but none pose an immediate threat to the U.S.
President Biden arrived in Florida Saturday, taking an aerial tour of some of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Idalia.
“As I told your governor, if there’s anything your state needs, I’m ready to mobilize that support,” Biden said. “Your nation has your back and we’ll be with you until the job is done.”
Biden did not tour the damage with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said such a meeting could hinder disaster response efforts. Biden said DeSantis had been helpful.
“He may have had other reasons, because he did help us plan this. He sat with FEMA and decided where we should go,” Biden said.
Operation Blessing is continuing its work in Florida, helping the victims of Idalia.
Volunteers gathered at Christian Center Church in Homosassa for training and prayer. They helped the Mondello family clean up the damage to their home and salvage possessions.
Twelve-year-old Logan Mondello told us it has restored his faith in God.
“If I could say anything to the Operation Blessing volunteers it would be, ‘Thank you so so much.’ You guys are truly a blessing from God. Having Operation Blessing and the church here has really boosted my faith. It really made me think that, yes there is a God and He’s here to help us.”