Drought? How about too much rain?

Rain – a blessing and a curse. It affects everything and everyone, for good or bad, without prejudice.

As we all know here in the Midwest and throughout much of the United States, a profound lack of rain is a slow-moving disaster. But too much rain, torrential rain, can be swift and deadly, as demonstrated by massive flooding Tuesday in the Philippines.

Although we’re praying and dancing for rain in this time of drought, at least we aren’t facing the other end of the extreme and watching our homes and belongings get swept away.

More information: Rains ease long enough for rescues in Philippines

Residents negotiate a flooded street as it slowly inches down in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A resident carries a monitor along a flooded road in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

This photo released on Aug. 8, 2012 by the Department of National Defense shows flooded areas in Bulacan province, northern Philippines. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Department of National Defense)

A man uses a boat to carry people across a flooded street in San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

A resident wearing a shirt with a picture of US President Barack Obama carries a chair as he wades along a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A man sits on the remains of a car along a flooded area in San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as they cross a flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A man clings on to the pole of a basketball court as he tries to cross flooded area in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Residents go back to their homes along a flooded area as it slowly inches down in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A man carries puppies back inside their house as other dogs stay on the roof at a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A man inflates a rubber float on a flooded road in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

Young evacuees look from behind a fence at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Evacuees stay inside a Catholic church converted into a temporary evacuation center in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 23 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Men crosses deep floodwaters in San Juan, north of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding paralyzed the Philippine capital and many other areas on Wednesday as rescue efforts focused on the large number of distressed residents who are still marooned on their roof tops and unable to move to high ground. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

Young residents smile as they are evacuated to higher grounds along a flooded area in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A woman carries her baby as they are evacuated by rescuers in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

A man crosses deep floodwaters using water containers as floaters in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains pounding the Philippine capital on Tuesday paralyzed traffic as waist-deep floods triggered evacuations of tens of thousands of residents and the government suspended work in offices and schools.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

This Aug. 8, 2012 photo released by the Malacanang Photo Bureau shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, as he waves to residents staying outside their homes along flooded areas during his visit in Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philppines. Widespread flooding battered millions of homes and paralyzed the Philippine capital as rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents who are still marooned on their roof tops. (AP Photo/Malacanang Photo Bureau, HO)

This photo released by the Department of National Defense shows flooded areas in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines. Widespread flooding battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Department of National Defense)

Residents stand on the roof of their house as they prepare to be rescued in a boat in San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that turned half of the Philippine capital into a “water world” eased long enough for rescuers on rubber boats to reach many of the distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

Evacuees occupy a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Senior residents stay inside a room at a school converted into a temporary evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012. Widespread flooding that killed at least 11 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital began to ease Wednesday as cleanup and rescue efforts focused on a large number of distressed residents, some still marooned on their roofs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Residents stay on their roof as floods rise in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Mike Alquinto)

Residents are evacuated by rescuers in Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/John Javellana)

Filipino rescuers dig for survivors where four homes collapsed in a landslide incident in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Mike Alquinto)

Filipino rescuers carry a landslide victim after pulling him out of the debris where four homes collapsed in a landslide incident in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed eight people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Mike Alquinto)

An evacuee takes his dinner under candelight as electricity was cut due to flooding at a church that is converted into a temporary evacuation center in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Relentless rains submerged half of the sprawling Philippine capital, triggered a landslide that killed several people and sent emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of residents who called media outlets pleading for help. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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