Saturday, June 21, 2008

2008: "The Year of the River" in Cedar Rapids

Thanks to J.J. Howe.

Related article from today's WSJ: City leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa declared 2008 at the "Year of the River" to highlight the riverfront revitalization that has been taking place there. That was, of course, before the Cedar River turned on an American city like few rivers have before.

Note: I lived in Cedar Rapids from kindergarten through 6th grade.


At 6/21/2008 10:20 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

house owner in picture #2 owes his surveyor a big thank-you.

What is this...a 500 year storm event? 1,000? yikes.

At 6/21/2008 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see in the second picture, the farmer must have brought in a lot of gravel in preparation for the flood waters so he could save his machinery.

Talk about "seizing the day"!

At 6/23/2008 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This picture reminds me when we lived in Missouri during the 1993 Mississippi River flood. Every night we would see a house circled by sandbags and surrounded by a field full of water. One night my wife asked me if I wanted to go by her new work assignment (she was getting back into the workforce by doing some temporary work). As we were driving to her new location, I looked over and saw the "television" house, still surrounded by water, but only a few hundred yards away on my right. Needless to say, seeing it in person made much more of an impression than all the television coverage...

At 6/24/2008 5:25 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

My mother's friend in CR was ill, so she visited to help for a month... THIS month.


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