> I am speaking of Slovakia and what would have been famine
> 100 and 200 years ago.
> Without the broader government aid from Slovakia and the EU
> coming in to make repairs and likely help keep people alive,
> this would be a disaster for the local residents.
Indeed, just as you say Ron, the European governments have come some way since the Habsburgs and other pre-World War I countries. Bratislava has earmarked $119 mil. of its budget to repair the damage and another $68 mil. will be applied towards that from the European Union funds.