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    An update on the Gable museum situation, from the Radio Iowa website...

    Radio Iowa Sports
    Floodwaters hit sports venues in Waterloo
    Thursday, June 12, 2008, 9:31 AM
    by Elwin Huffman, KOEL, Oelwein
    Floodwaters have affected a number of sports venues in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area as residents continue to battle the swollen Cedar River. Officials are trying to save as much as possible in the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum.

    Executive director Mike Chapman says there was over one foot of water in the main display area. The area contained many oil paintings and valuable artifacts. The current facility has been opened less than two years after moving from Newton.

    Chapman says they raised over one million dollars to move the museum, and didn't know it was going to be in the flood plain, and didn't have flood insurance. Chapman says the river is like wrestling, it put them on their back. But he says they've already gotten up and turned around. Chapman says they're are wrestlers, so they will go after it.

    Chapman was asked about a dollar amount on the damage. He says off the top of his head a minimum of $50,000 in inventory and collectibles. He says that's probably a low ball estimate.

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    Midwest flooding causes "considerable damage" to Gable Museum

    DATE: 6/12/2008 11:13:00 AM
    Waterloo, IA
    By Kyle Klingman

    What has been labeled the worst flooding in nearly 50 years in Waterloo, Iowa, has caused considerable damage to the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute & Museum. The museum moved to Waterloo from Newton, Iowa, in January 2007.

    "We have a beautiful facility that gives visitors an incredible visual tour of the history of wrestling," said museum executive director Mike Chapman.

    The facility was dealt a devastating blow on June 9 and 10 by what some are calling the worst flood in half a century.

    "We have lost invaluable artifacts, most of our inventory from our gift shop, and a multitude of books, magazines and articles from the library. It is heart breaking to witness it. The museum staff and board of directors is more determined than ever to clean up the facility, restore it to its former beautiful state and continue to market and promote Mankind's Oldest Sport." Chapman elaborated.

    At a press conference at Waterloo City Hall on June 11, Mayor Tim Hurley discussed the horrific impact of the flood. He declared portions of downtown, including the Gable Museum, off limits to all but emergency personnel and declared a state of emergency in the area.

    "The Gable Museum has been a tremendous addition to the city and I would encourage all citizens to help get it back on its feet," Hurley stated.

    Chapman was interviewed by the Associated Press and by area radio stations and media outlets.

    "One of the values wrestling teaches is how to get off your back and back on your feet," said Chapman. "That is exactly the philosophy of the Gable museum at this point."

    The museum's biggest weekend of the year is planned for June 27 and 28. Those events include a celebrity golf tournament, pro wrestling show, as well as the pro hall of fame inductions and banquet. The museum plans to have these events on these dates, however, this will be determined as soon as all the damage has been assessed.

    Anyone wishing to get involved with donations and clean up efforts should contact Kent Sesker or Kyle Klingman. The museum mailing address is DGIWIM, 303 Jefferson St., Waterloo, Iowa, 5070. Please direct e-mail efforts going forward to or You can also reach Kent Sesker at 319-533-1445 and Kyle Klingman at 319-504-4438.

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    I went to the museum when it was in Newton and I was in 8th grade. I was pretty amazed. I am really sad to hear that so many irreplaceable items were lost.

    I bet Dan Gable will headlock Chuck Norris until he builds him a time machine, then go back and pick up the museum and hold it over his head until the waters recede.
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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    Saturday we went to a wedding in Alta (near Storm Lake). While we were in the church a huge storm passed over. Not a lot of thunder and all, but you could see the water gushing out of the eaves. When we left the church the storm was over, but there was a lot of water. Sunday we took Hwy 20 back to Chicago and near Waterloo one entrance ramp was closed for flooding. The thing that really struck me though was the water in the fields. Being raised on a farm, water in the low-lying areas is no big deal (and we saw a lot of that) but there were hills where the rows of corn were contoured around the hill to prevent erosion and there was water standing in between the rows at the TOP of the hills!!!
    I kept saying "but what about gravity?" I guess the ground was so saturated and the rows kept it from running down, but it was so weird. I've never seen anything like that.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln

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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.

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    Lots and lots about the floods in the news out here. You are in our thoughts.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    400 blocks of the city are under water according to CNN
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton

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    Quote Originally Posted by ban basketball View Post
    I'm one of the victims, but I have to guess that that's pretty damned good news to most on here.
    There may be one or two on this board who would carry their differences of opinion to personal animosity, but I really think this statement is uncalled for. I am sorry to hear that you are in a difficult situation. Hopefully, the difficulty is manifesting itself in the bitterness you express. I would hate to think that is your true opinion of the members of this board.

    R.I.P. Cyrano and Roxanne.

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    Ban, that really sucks. I'm sorry. Is your family OK? Anything we can do?
    RIP Jacob Schlottke; KR1963 and rpayton

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