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Old 06-22-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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I live in a 1960s era development up on a hill here in Cedar Rapids. Just down the street from me though in a lower lying area that is about 2 miles away from the river (but still within the 500 year flood plain) is an older part of town. Pretty much all of the older and lower incomes areas of the city are in the strip along the river. About 4000 homes were flooded and about 75% of those flooded homes will have to be demolished.

The stench down in this area is horrible like a wet dog who was playing around in the outhouse pit.

Everyone who flooded is taking all their ruined stuff out onto the curb. The county is going to quickly start a new landfill just for the all of the trash and demolished buildings. They say that the amount of stuff that will be thrown out will equal about 40 years worth of garbage pick-up.

http://img116.imageshack.us/img116/502/flood2008014lq2.jpg (broken link)



http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/2720/flood2008022ht9.jpg (broken link)

http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/2452/flood2008018yd0.jpg (broken link)

There were garages and sheds that floated into other neighborhoods.


Here is a rail bridge that collapsed




At the bottom of my street there is a Baptist church that is a Red Cross disaster relief center. There is also a disaster group from a church in Texas.


http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/2083/flood2008046eo9.jpg (broken link)

These pictures were just what I took from around my house on the way to get groceries. Maybe I'll post more later as I drive around more.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:27 PM
 
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Try uploading it to imageshack or photobucket first and then copy a link to it.
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:45 AM
 
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Roy G. Biv
I can understand the stench part. I live in Iowa City and any time you get near and of the flooded areas, WOW!! I and thinking of all you up there is CR and we in Iowa City (at least those that weren't affected by the flooding), our hearts are with you all
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:22 AM
 
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Roy G. Biv, I'm from Jesup but I'm at school at UNI in Cedar Falls... What area of CR are you from? I have a whole slug of friends from Marion, Central City, and Benton Community School district. They would have graduated around '06.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Wishing It Was Wisconsin
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The stench is horrible. We were coming back from shopping and hit Edgewood and Ellis and it was vomit inducing. It's really hard to see all the disturction. One wonders how it will ever come to life again. I feel horrible for those people that got flooded. I heard the homes along Ellis will have to be demolished. The smell is bad near Quaker too.

We were only 6 blocks in one direction from flooded streets, but our neighborhood is on higher ground. Had the waters reached our home, the city would have been at even worse distruction, if one could even imagine that.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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The stench is horrible. We were coming back from shopping and hit Edgewood and Ellis and it was vomit inducing. It's really hard to see all the disturction. One wonders how it will ever come to life again. I feel horrible for those people that got flooded. I heard the homes along Ellis will have to be demolished. The smell is bad near Quaker too.

We were only 6 blocks in one direction from flooded streets, but our neighborhood is on higher ground. Had the waters reached our home, the city would have been at even worse distruction, if one could even imagine that.

when ISN'T the smell bad near Quarker Oats?
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Wishing It Was Wisconsin
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when ISN'T the smell bad near Quarker Oats?
Yeah, no kidding. The actual Quaker smell is better then the garbage smell, if you can believe that..LOL!
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho by way of Iowa City, Iowa
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Yeah, no kidding. The actual Quaker smell is better then the garbage smell, if you can believe that..LOL!

I'll buy it, the smell here in IC can be pretty bad at times too(from the flood and when the wind carries that Quaker smell down here). And I just realized I typed Quarker for Quaker.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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How sad. Hope you all recover soon though!!!!
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