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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-13-08 05:08 AM
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46. It's not just Cedar Rapids. Over half of the state is under water.
Many of our roads are closed. Farmers haven't been able to plant flooded fields. Many towns have no potable water. And the rain keeps coming. Yesterday we got six inches of additional precipitation. The flooding is horrible and the violent storms make it so much worse.

I tried to give people a sense of the state of affairs yesterday on this thread:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The situation is deteriorating. We don't have bodies floating in the streets, but we are literally drowning in every other way. This will take years to recover from. I'm speaking to you before the river has finished cresting. The worst has yet to come. Many businesses have suffered major damage. The infrastructure is being hit hard.

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  -Cedar Rapids Iowa, under water nadinbrzezinski  Jun-12-08 10:02 PM   #0 
  - Holy shit! Downtown under 7 feet of water !  villager   Jun-12-08 10:04 PM   #1 
  - That's what I am thinking  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:05 PM   #2 
  - I'm wondering if Blackwater has illegally rolled into town yet...  BeHereNow   Jun-12-08 10:06 PM   #4 
  - I'm in San Diego CA, doing disaster assessment using CNN  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:08 PM   #7 
  - I have lived in this area of Iowa - both CR and IC are in a valley that  jwirr   Jun-12-08 11:06 PM   #31 
     - Yeah looking at a topo map, no wonder cedar rapids is under water  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:10 PM   #35 
  - Haven't seen anything like that happen  Echo In Light   Jun-13-08 04:13 PM   #58 
  - yes it is  LSK   Jun-12-08 10:07 PM   #6 
  - One of my cousins lives in Cedar Rapids I have not heard from her  greenbriar   Jun-12-08 10:05 PM   #3 
  - Phone circuits have been overloaded - I had to make  bullwinkle428   Jun-12-08 10:13 PM   #13 
  - and more levees are giving way  temperancedissent   Jun-12-08 10:07 PM   #5 
  - Unfortunately that will be a refresher for my US Senator  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:09 PM   #8 
  - teams?  temperancedissent   Jun-12-08 10:11 PM   #11 
     - Canadian teams, mexican teams, level four means international aide  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:15 PM   #14 
        - ok gotcha  temperancedissent   Jun-12-08 10:16 PM   #17 
           - Been to this rodeo once...  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:17 PM   #18 
              - you, me and malloy  temperancedissent   Jun-12-08 10:19 PM   #20 
  - I don't know about Anamosa but the Coralville levee threatens IC. nt  jwirr   Jun-12-08 11:08 PM   #34 
  - It looks like New Orleans after Katrina...  bullwinkle428   Jun-12-08 10:10 PM   #9 
  - Found it...  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:10 PM   #10 
  - here's one for iowa  temperancedissent   Jun-12-08 10:15 PM   #15 
  - The "flood zone" appears to be the whole state.  rucky   Jun-12-08 11:15 PM   #37 
     - It is going to get uggly, first off, I wonder if a federal declartion has been issued  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:47 PM   #43 
  - If you wanted a pure topographical map, this one isn't too bad.  weezy2736   Jun-12-08 10:19 PM   #21 
  - THanks that is the damn flood plain... no wonder and the NOAA map  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:05 PM   #30 
     - I'm not really a fan of any NOAA map.  weezy2736   Jun-12-08 11:15 PM   #38 
        - Probably they would  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:23 PM   #40 
  - NOAA says "Historical river flooding w/unprecedented impacts" for Quad Cities, IA  Shoelace   Jun-12-08 10:36 PM   #25 
     - The only reason this is not going to make Katrina levels is the population  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:07 PM   #32 
        - I think you can safely say that the state officials would have acted  jwirr   Jun-12-08 11:21 PM   #39 
        - Yeah but... you knew that was coming  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:45 PM   #42 
           - just heard, Nat'l Guard from other states being called in w/helicopters  Shoelace   Jun-13-08 02:39 PM   #50 
              - You welcome, sent fax to my US Senator, a memo essentially  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-13-08 03:37 PM   #55 
        - Not only the population density.  intheflow   Jun-13-08 04:27 PM   #59 
           - HUGS  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-13-08 04:29 PM   #60 
              - Good call with the ARC.  intheflow   Jun-13-08 04:34 PM   #61 
  - We have family not far from there and no word from them today.  madfloridian   Jun-12-08 10:12 PM   #12 
  - Remember communications are down  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:15 PM   #16 
  - It's hard, though.  madfloridian   Jun-12-08 10:19 PM   #19 
     - I know, after the Mexico City quake we didn't hear a thing from my parents  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:20 PM   #23 
        - When we had 3 hurricanes in 6 weeks in 2004, we gave ham radio sites to all our kids  madfloridian   Jun-12-08 10:46 PM   #27 
           - I absolutely hate any of the bushies  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:00 PM   #29 
  - Our corporate offices are in Cedar Rapids....  PassingFair   Jun-12-08 11:51 PM   #44 
  - Lots of info here  cyberswede   Jun-12-08 10:20 PM   #22 
  - Thankee, been keeping an eye on this  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 10:22 PM   #24 
  - Looks like 200 Iowa National Guard...  TwoSparkles   Jun-12-08 10:40 PM   #26 
  - thanks cyberswede, they just said, 8000 people evac'd from Cedar Rapids so far  Shoelace   Jun-12-08 10:54 PM   #28 
  - Can you recommend a way for us to help online? The only thing I'm seeing is Red Cross.  thecatburgler   Jun-12-08 11:07 PM   #33 
     - I don't give to the American Red Cross either  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-12-08 11:12 PM   #36 
     - Try the Salvation Army in CR.  Skidmore   Jun-13-08 05:26 AM   #47 
        - THis is why I hope we can get the cavalry in as fast as we can  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-13-08 03:38 PM   #56 
  - Don't forget about the Flying Weenie...  HerbieHeadhunter   Jun-12-08 11:31 PM   #41 
  - Thanks for the update. So sad. nt  there-s a   Jun-13-08 12:11 AM   #45 
  - It's not just Cedar Rapids. Over half of the state is under water.  Skidmore   Jun-13-08 05:08 AM   #46 
  - I cannot believe what I'm seeing  malaise   Jun-13-08 06:04 AM   #48 
  - I sent a memo to my US Senator, last time (aka Katrina)  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-13-08 03:23 PM   #53 
  - Is McCain "on the ground" yet like he said he would have been after Katrina?  MiniMe   Jun-13-08 06:34 AM   #49 
  - It's just as well if the candidates stay away  Blue Meany   Jun-13-08 03:20 PM   #52 
  - It was called the City of Five Seasons (and for some of us the City of Five Smells)...  calipendence   Jun-13-08 03:04 PM   #51 
  - I know  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-13-08 03:24 PM   #54 
  - Video of Cedar Rapids:  Contrary1   Jun-13-08 03:51 PM   #57 
 

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