With the Red River still yet to crest, the Strib commenters rush in. One theme is that some people "deserve" help and others don't.
No need to guess who's who. The comments start off with this exchange [click link above for full comment]:
People should be able to live where they want and be responsible for where they live as long as they don't look to the Feds for help. If the North Dakota government wants to provide assistance for their own people for the choices they have made, so bet [sic] it.
[...] At least the people along the Red River use the fed money to fortify their flood defenses. New Orleans used the fed money to build river boat gambling operations and yacht slips. Also, there will be no blame of Obama for the flooding along the Red like Bush was blamed for Katrina. The people along the Red are fighting the disaster to save their cities. The people of New Orleans used the Katrina disaster to riot, loot, rape and murder. If anyone deserves federal aid, it's the people along the Red - they've earned the right to get help.