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Gingersnap
06-12-2008, 01:02 PM
Levee breaks near city, thousands evacuate
Cedar Rapids also loses power; 53 of Iowa's 99 counties are disaster areas

Jeff Roberson / AP
NBC News and news services
updated 27 minutes ago

DES MOINES, Iowa - The rising Cedar River burst through an earthen levee Thursday just outside Cedar Rapids, and at least 10,000 people there have been ordered to evacuate, officials told NBC News.

The evacuations follow a round earlier Thursday when 3,900 homes were cleared out in Iowa City and Cedar Bluffs.

In Cedar Rapids, power is out for most of downtown, complicating rescue efforts, city spokesman Dave Koch told NBC News.

Officials estimate 100 blocks are underwater. "We’re seeing very substantial flooding," said Craig Hanson, the city’s public works maintenance manager.

Cedar Rapids firemen have been organizing boat rescues of stranded residents, Koch said.

The new evacuations follow a 150-foot breach in an earthen levee early Thursday.

If flooding continues, Koch said, Highway 30 will likely be shut down where it intersects the Cedar River.

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MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25020185/)

biccat
06-12-2008, 01:19 PM
They closed the hospital in Cedar Rapids. Unforunately, that is the main hub for most of Iowa Health Systems' business (accounting, payroll, email servers, etc.).

The flood is a huge issue, we had severe warnings of the Des Moines river flooding last night, and one of the major side roads is closed because of it.

noonwitch
06-12-2008, 02:18 PM
I am always grateful at this time of year that the Detroit River doesn't flood, because it basically connects lakes, and always can empty into Lake Erie.

Between the flooding and the tornado that hit the Boy Scout camp, Iowa is taking a beating from the weather, this week.

biccat
06-12-2008, 02:22 PM
I am always grateful at this time of year that the Detroit River doesn't flood, because it basically connects lakes, and always can empty into Lake Erie.
Don't forget that the Detroit river could catch on fire again. Then it would be more than just the riverfront destroyed.


Between the flooding and the tornado that hit the Boy Scout camp, Iowa is taking a beating from the weather, this week.
And a couple weeks ago we had a big tornado in Parkersburg.

noonwitch
06-12-2008, 03:48 PM
[QUOTE=biccat;7027]Don't forget that the Detroit river could catch on fire again. Then it would be more than just the riverfront destroyed.



I don't remember the Detroit River ever catching fire, but I remember the Cuyohoga River in Cleveland catching fire at one point in the 60s or early 70s.

The Detroit River is filthy, though, and I can't believe people actually go swimming at the beach on Belle Isle. I won't even swim in Lake St. Clair, because it's been closed for fecal coliform bacteria enough in the last decade that I don't believe the DNR when they tell us it's safe.

I'll still swim in Lake Michigan, it should be warm enough to swim by 7-4 in St.Joseph. It'll be August before it's warm enough in Traverse City, so I'll go visit Grandpa then.

biccat
06-12-2008, 04:04 PM
I don't remember the Detroit River ever catching fire, but I remember the Cuyohoga River in Cleveland catching fire at one point in the 60s or early 70s.
My bad, getting my states confused. I remember some big fire in Detroit however. Maybe it was in the 1800s?


The Detroit River is filthy, though, and I can't believe people actually go swimming at the beach on Belle Isle. I won't even swim in Lake St. Clair, because it's been closed for fecal coliform bacteria enough in the last decade that I don't believe the DNR when they tell us it's safe.

I'll still swim in Lake Michigan, it should be warm enough to swim by 7-4 in St.Joseph. It'll be August before it's warm enough in Traverse City, so I'll go visit Grandpa then.
The problem with Lake Michigan is that it's so darn cold. Even when it's really hot out, I always think it's too cool to spend much time. Besides, it's more fun to go to the wineries around Traverse City than spend the day at the beach :D

Vepr
06-12-2008, 05:15 PM
My old home state has been taking a pounding lately. :( My parents said the rain has been unreal.

linda22003
06-12-2008, 05:23 PM
[QUOTE=biccat;7027]
I don't remember the Detroit River ever catching fire, but I remember the Cuyohoga River in Cleveland catching fire at one point in the 60s or early 70s.


Right you are, madam. It was 1969, and Randy Newman wrote a song about it.

There's a red moon rising
On the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's a red moon rising
ON the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding
Down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

There's an oil barge winding
Down the Cuyahoga River
Rolling into Cleveland to the lake

Cleveland, city of light, city of magic
Cleveland, city of light, you're calling me
Cleveland, even now I can remember
'Cause the Cuyahoga River
Goes smokin' through my dreams

Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on
Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But the Lord can't make you burn

Burn on, big river, burn on
Burn on, big river, burn on

SarasotaRepub
06-12-2008, 08:06 PM
Terrible weather!

We're supposed to get more T-Storms tonight and tomorrow. It was 97 here today when I was out this afternoon. Just got done cutting the lawn and it's only 88 with a nice breeze. :D

asdf2231
06-13-2008, 10:49 PM
I have been out doing damage assessment in Wisconsin here since Monday. Which amounts to living out of a Toyota 4x4 and driving into the worst hit areas and doing surveys on residential property damage. I got caught in flash flooding yesterday and almost got washed off the damn road. :(

They are calling the events here a 500 year flood.

Gingersnap
06-13-2008, 10:56 PM
Is it true those people don't have Federal flood insurance?

asdf2231
06-13-2008, 11:24 PM
Is it true those people don't have Federal flood insurance?

Most Don't.

A lot of areas flooded that have never flooded before. Some municipalities have been trying to get things signed off so they could be declared flood zones so people could apply but waited a bit too long. Though I believe they can get some retroactive action on those declarations, but I'm not sure.

Phillygirl
06-13-2008, 11:33 PM
Most Don't.

A lot of areas flooded that have never flooded before. Some municipalities have been trying to get things signed off so they could be declared flood zones so people could apply but waited a bit too long. Though I believe they can get some retroactive action on those declarations, but I'm not sure.

Is your home okay?

asdf2231
06-13-2008, 11:39 PM
Is your home okay?

Oh heck yeah!

We spent a couple of grand on landscaping last year to get rid of the occaisional basement seepage we would get from heavy rain, and our home sits on about 60-70 feet of elevation on the eastern side of the micro ridge that forms the gentle valley that our village lies in.

We also don't have any streams or creeks near the residential areas here. My Brother's basement in Milwaukee flooded a tad, but his sump pump kept up with the worst of it.

The Rock river will be cresting 9 feet above flood level Monday though, and the cities in our service delivery area are going to be seeing some pretty spectacular flooding in thier downtowns.

Gingersnap
06-14-2008, 12:04 AM
I live in Colorado and we mostly think about flash floods but in 1964 the whole Front Range flooded. It was devastating. All the counties involved ponied up over the next 20 years to put flood management doohickeys in place. You drive through there and you see all these bizarre concrete channels in the middle of a bunch of wildflowers. We are semi-arid so the things look really out of place but the Front Range is ready if another 100 year or 500 year event happens.

SaintLouieWoman
06-14-2008, 12:13 AM
They had footage on the Today Show of a reporter in Grafton, Illinois, across the river and a bit north of St Louis on the Great River Road. There are some restaurants (on stilts) near the Mississippi. There were pics of the water almost up to the porch, with people just standing there watching the filming. :rolleyes:

There are mentions of the Mississippi flooding possibly being as bad as our 500 year flood in 1993. One of the Casinos, the President, is closed. It's on the riverfront. They had to close the floodgates, so no one can get to it. The old brick levee usually used for parking by the River is covered with water. Remember when the water in '93 came way up the steps leading to the Arch.

Hope everyone stays safe and dry.