There’s always a bit of mystery as to why one story “takes off” in social media while another doesn’t. This week, I think a powerful aerial photo may have helped boost one story’s wild popularity.
The story is the flooding taking place near the Quill Lakes in east-central Saskatchewan, specifically how it’s affecting the farm of Ron Laybourne near LeRoy, Sask.
WP reporter Brian Cross, who is originally from the Naicam area, was familiar with the flooding situation near the Quill Lakes. In the course of his research, he interviewed another local farmer, Jason Friesen, who happened to have taken a ride in a helicopter to assess the flooding. Friesen had taken some photos during his ride (see link at the end of the colunn).
One photo in particular, a farmyard reduced to an island off Highway 6, really captured the severity of the flooding situation.
A reader identifying himself as Mike had the following to say:
“Well, thanks to the Sask Water corporation’s inability to do a damn thing. The province of Saskatchewan now loses millions in revenue and these affected farming families lose even more in hope.
“If we just had a plan to move our water to the south, where farmers can use it, a system paid for by the excess money hoarding railways and yes, I hate to be the devil’s advocate here, but a tax on all of the heartless ditching farmers.
“The landscape of the Prairies, when seen overhead, shows that it has the natural ability to hold this water, but when thousands of farmers ditch every year to make their land more profitable, this is what will happen.
“Yes, Mother Nature is a big contributor here, but no more than the farmer. I really can’t blame the farmers for wanting to increase their bottom line, but they need to be held accountable.”
Others, like the reader identifying himself as “thundergun,” were a little more callous:
“You bought land by a lake. Nature will retake what it wants when it wants. Cut your losses and move on. It’s all you can do until the water subsides in 10 or so years, and even then the ground will be far too salty to farm. So move on.”
You can find this story via the following URL: bit.ly/1FTKV9g.