The National Weather Service said the flood had been a “1,000-year event” caused by extreme rain.
The trend of extreme rain will continue in the coming decades.
The point I'd like to make is that, "known flood zones" are expanding, and they're only going to expand faster - If all we have to offer is irrational anger, we're going to be very angry at a lot of dead people who couldn't escape due to financial burden, limited mobility, or because they've been misguided by someone else.
That's the point of the story - They lived in this geological funnel that wasn't a problem for a long time. At the beginning of the story, it wasn't a known flood zone. After the first flood, it still isn't a known flood zone, it's just a place where a flood happened. The second flood happened less than two years ago, and has thus only recently been acknowledged as a "known flood zone."
So, fine, we finally get the data and discover that it's a place that floods now due to climate change. Maybe they should move away now, but what about the people who can't afford to? What about the people who aren't healthy enough to move? Of course they should get out of dodge, but your irrational anger isn't helpful because it doesn't save any lives or offer any sympathy to victims of a freak accident. It doesn't accomplish anything.
I'm not trying to admonish you here, and I honestly intended the TPUSA image as a light-hearted jab rather than an insult! But homes in Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska were some of the largest victims of catastrophic flooding last year, and I think it's important to ask how we defend against wide-spread flooding when the "known flood zone" is an entire region:
If your metric for outrage is, "People who live near bodies of water," I've got some bad news for you: There are estimates that 150 million could live below the high tide line by 2050.
I'm really, really not trying to be a dick when I say this, but irrational anger doesn't solve anything. It doesn't answer the big question: How are we going to deal with this? We don't answer that question by pushing the blame onto victims of catastrophic flooding.