Yesterday I had to knock down the rumor that Ted Cruz was blaming Indian rain dances for flooding in Texas. But now the press tells me that a white woman’s prayer has put Pactola Reservoir over the top:
Throughout April, Ty Gerbracht, manager for forest recreation at the Pactola Reservoir, had been hoping to avoid a drought at Pactola Reservoir, so she prayed for rain.
She had no idea how effective those prayers would be.
“This is my payback,” she said. “I prayed so hard for rain because I didn’t want to start the camping season under a fire ban. I just didn’t mean for it to rain this much.”
…The reservoir is considered full at 4,580.2 feet above sea level, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The reservoir is now 4,587.2 feet above sea level, which breaks the record of 4,585.87 that had been set in 1965 [Scott Feldman, “Pactola Reservoir Flooding, But Remains Open,” Rapid City Journal, 2015.06.08].
Gerbracht works for Forest Recreation Management, a private concessionaire for the USDA Forest Service. Now you see? If the government ran its own parks and maintained a strict separation of church and state, none of this flooding would have happened.