On a Sunday morning in 1993, our phone rang just after 5 a.m. It was a friend from church telling us that the levees surrounding the Des Moines Water Works plant had been breached and to not drink the water. Our daughter was 9 months old and still getting nutrition from a bottle a couple times a day. My husband rushed to the store to stock up on as much bottled water as he could find so that we could make the bottles. I fretted for more than a week about running out of water. When the tap water finally could be used again, we kept a 24-pack of bottled water on hand for emergencies. The memories of the Flood of 1993 reemerged recently as I’ve learned about the nationwide shortage of baby formula. The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Pisani, in a piece published today, explains why the shortage is occurring. First, pandemic-related supply chain issues have, for several months, made baby formula harder to find. The shortage worsened after Abbott Laboratories, the maker of Similac and other baby formulas, voluntarily recalled some of its products and closed a plant where the formulas were made. The recall occurred after complaints were filed with the Food and Drug Administration in connection with the hospitalization of four infants. Two of the babies died. The federal agency said that a germ that can be deadly in infants was found in the plant, Pisani wrote. Some retailers have begun limiting the amount of formula that can be bought at one time. The FDA on Tuesday said it was working with manufacturers to produce more formula.