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    Don't know if anyone outside of Iowa is paying attention, but the eastern part of the state is getting hammered.

    The 500-year floodplain in Cedar Rapids is being evacuated for the second time in just 15 years. Luckily I am not affected directly, at least now, but I was just driving home, not through the floodplain, and the streets are just puddles. It's still pouring and the water is supposed to rise at least a few more feet until it crests.

    In Iowa City a railroad bridge is gone and the water is still going to rise until next Tuesday. U of I is experiencing heavy flooding. In Waterloo and Cedar Falls the Cedar River has crested but I guess there has been a lot of rain up north so it could rise again. Luckily, most of Gilbertville seems like it will be safe and my parents house is on top of the town. The road some of my relatives live on is closed but their houses are up a ways.

    Luckily my brother is the only person I personally know who has been flooded. He thought he'd save money by living in a basement near the river but the water is now up to the second floor. He's ok though.

    GG, I know you are in Cedar Rapids, are you doing ok? Anyone else possibly affected?
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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    My sister lives in Cedar Rapids and have sent me some pictures. It is terrible to see all that devastation.

    Not to mention the tornado that went through western Iowa. It was only 40 miles from where my parents live and where I grew up. The weather is really bad there and have to keep all those people in our thoughts and prayers!!

    Does anyone know if there have been any funds to help the people from the tornados or floods. If so please let me know.

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    We are getting hammered as well here in Des Moines. I have water in my basement but, everything else is fine. 90% of my relatives live in Cedar Rapids only my Uncle has been evacuated.

    Amazing pictures at http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pb...1634688&Ref=PH
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    ISU you wouldn't recognize the west side of the bridge in Gilbertville. It's a lake from the bridge to Washburn then again to LaPorte.

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    I just took a walk around, there is flooding on small portions of 2 roads that intersect close to me. The rain water has nowhere to go, the street is under a couple feet of water and there is water in a manhole under the street that is shooting up about 5 feet in the air. Just nuts.

    Here are some shots from next to my hometown. I don't remember much from 1993, but I don't think it was ever this high. These are from a few days ago so it has gone down




    Here's a bike trail bridge that's usually 15-20 feet above the Cedar River. It's completely gone now.
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    Was it ever that high in 93? I know G'ville road was closed then, and it looks about the same now, but I didn't think the west side of the bridge was flooded in 93?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    Was it ever that high in 93? I know G'ville road was closed then, and it looks about the same now, but I didn't think the west side of the bridge was flooded in 93?.
    No, the flood exceeded the levee. This flood beat 93's by 3 feet or so. There were people everywhere trying to sandbag to make it hold, but by Monday morning, an evacuation was ordered and the mill, Patti's and the 5 homeowners were cleared out (my father-in-law's place was one of them). Volunteers got most of the mill and Patti's emptied out and some of the homes saved some of their furniture, but they made us get out of there about an hour before it blew. It's a mess. Here are some pictures for you.


    http://picasaweb.google.com/pschmitz...SchmitzAerial/

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    Just saw on the news it's rained at least 2 feet in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Waterloo, and 22 inches in Iowa City, just in the 12 days of June. That's more than the rainfall for the entire month of June in 93 for everywhere but Iowa City, and it's close there.
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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    http://picasaweb.google.com/pschmitz...SchmitzAerial/


    lots of flood pics from the old stomping grounds

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