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After the flood...Cedar Rapids Iowa

 
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Jun 22, 2008 19:44 |  #1

I Got a chance to take a few shots of flood aftermath in my home town, Cedar Rapids Iowa.

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Just one of a hundreds and hundreds of streets with gutted house remains waiting for pickup.
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A now serene river is framed by the high water mark of refuse lodged in a tree
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This flood was record breaking and covered more than a thousand blocks of Cedar Rapids including most of the downtown area, all bridges that access one side of town from another and thousands of homes and business. Water rose to 32 feet above floodstage and went beyond the 500 year flood plain.

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Jun 22, 2008 20:01 |  #2

Truly heartbreaking....but as evidenced by the "Yard Sale" sign, you get to witness the resiliency and fortitude of people in extreme circumstances. Thanks for sharing.....it helps provide perspective for those of us who have never had to experience such destruction.


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Jun 22, 2008 20:21 |  #3

Wow. Seeing the rail bridge twisted really shows the force of the water. Thanks for sharing. The aftermath photos are just as important as the event itself.


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Jun 23, 2008 06:36 |  #4

devastating! Thanks for shooting and sharing. I can't help but wonder why a train was on that bridge when it collapsed.


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Jun 23, 2008 06:47 |  #5

Loaded cars were placed on the bridge to weigh it down against the current. Its common practice in flooding like this. Had the cars not been on it, it would have gone much sooner and possibly damaged other bridges downstream. The are pictures of UP trains weighing down their bridges in Cedar Rapids and those held up.


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Jun 23, 2008 06:52 |  #6

tubawxman wrote in post #5774552 (external link)
Loaded cars were placed on the bridge to weigh it down against the current. Its common practice in flooding like this. Had the cars not been on it, it would have gone much sooner and possibly damaged other bridges downstream. The are pictures of UP trains weighing down their bridges in Cedar Rapids and those held up.

Ahh, makes sense once you explain it. :) Thanks!


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Jun 23, 2008 06:55 |  #7

wow!!! the last one shows just how high that water was! ANd even more so, to get that high it had to spred out really, really far!!!


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Jun 27, 2008 12:23 |  #8

Thanks for explaining the railroad cars on the bridge. I was confused why they'd do it. Sad times. I can't imagine the troubles that will cause your town. And i complain about about 4 foot of snow. Hope things go better for you. thanks for sharing


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Jun 27, 2008 13:53 |  #9

The power of water is incredible. Thanks for sharing these photos, I hope everyone is alright there. Be safe.


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Jun 27, 2008 13:56 as a reply to  @ BottomBracket's post |  #10

I am so glad we are living on high ground after seeing these..heres to a quick resolve for everything they will be facing.


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Jul 17, 2008 22:00 as a reply to  @ Flo's post |  #11

As one of those affected by the flood the power of water is incredable.
The small town of Palo, Iowa is where I reside and it was completely flooded. Its about 7 miles upstream of Cedar Rapids. My house had the basement completly flooded and water came up onto the main floor thru the floor vents just enough the ruin the carpet but, luckly that was all upstairs. The past few weeks have been a challenge but, like always we will keep moving on. I have pics but, my computer is in a storage container for atleast another month till we get the house back in order. It took a little over 2 weeks to get electricity back and are still waiting for the gas, hot water heater, furnace and air condioning to be replaced along with all the duc work and the carpet and paint.
I'm replacing some of the drywall while we wait on the items to be replaced.
I'm on my computer at work now and this place was flooded also. ( Quaker Oats)
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Jul 17, 2008 22:26 |  #12

thanks for sharing!! the weather is just crazy lately, last week here in Northern California we had 5 days straight of 105+, some day reaching over 110. and not too far away there are major floods, wtf?




  
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Jul 18, 2008 05:20 |  #13

Iowahunter wrote in post #5932872 (external link)
As one of those affected by the flood the power of water is incredable.
The small town of Palo, Iowa is where I reside and it was completely flooded. Its about 7 miles upstream of Cedar Rapids. My house had the basement completly flooded and water came up onto the main floor thru the floor vents just enough the ruin the carpet but, luckly that was all upstairs. The past few weeks have been a challenge but, like always we will keep moving on. I have pics but, my computer is in a storage container for atleast another month till we get the house back in order. It took a little over 2 weeks to get electricity back and are still waiting for the gas, hot water heater, furnace and air condioning to be replaced along with all the duc work and the carpet and paint.
I'm replacing some of the drywall while we wait on the items to be replaced.
I'm on my computer at work now and this place was flooded also. ( Quaker Oats)
Thanks for letting me vent a bit : )

Glad you are in recovery mode. Sorry for your loss!


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