To any of our readers in Iowa I just want to say we’re thinking of you.

When I was a junior in high school my best friend moved to Cedar Rapids. Over the next few years I spent many a weekend traveling to and from CR. I spent one college summer living and working there. I really enjoyed my time there and the wonderful people of the city. It is sad to watch the water rising and rising, knowing what that will mean in losses for the people there. It leaves me at a loss of words other than we’re thinking of you. Hang tough Iowa…and the many other places here in the Midwest dealing with this

7 thoughts on “Flooding

  1. The more video and pix I see from that region, the more I am reminded of Katrina. I think we are all waiting to see how FEMA and the administration will react to this awful event.
    15 feet of water in more than 400 blocks.

  2. yeah, and we shouldn’t be waiting. We should have heard what they’ve already done- the storms began a few days back.

  3. CR is my hometown. FEMA hasn’t declared the county an area one that will receive assistance yet, but officials are pretty sure they will. My guess is since Iowa is full of white people, it will be repaired before NO ever will. Sigh.
    Anyway, I lived in CR for nearly 30 years, but I live in Moscow, Idaho now and can’t afford to fly or drive back to help, but my hometown has certainly been foremost in my thoughts over the past few days. Thankfully, none of my friends or family lost their houses but there are many in town who did. It is going to take months or years to rebuild my hometown. It’s quite disturbing. I’m just glad there haven’t been any major injuries or troubles. Knowing the people of my hometown, they are coming together and helping each other. I love Iowa and am deeply saddened by what has happened.

  4. Having lived in both a coastal community and a community in the midwest, there is a difference between the flood damage and a Hurricaine – a flood occurs in channels=the lower areas while restricting access to the higher areas. A hurricaine cuts through a hundred mile wide swath.
    I’m not at all minimizing the damage of the floods which are devastating. And something I haven’t seen on the news yet: this spring has been so wet that folks here haven’t been able to plant their crops and now the floods are hitting those crops which they have planted. Of course, Iowa is a big corn state.
    In short, be prepared for higher corn prices, higher energy costs (gasohol), and higher processed goods (corn syrup).

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