As many of you know, New York is my adopted home–I am originally from Iowa, a region that is presently being pummeled by tornadoes, rain, and now floods that are reaching historic levels. 53 of the 99 counties in Iowa have been declared disaster areas. Cedar Rapids, IA, the second largest city in Iowa (after Des Moines), is one of the hardest hit regions. The entire downtown area of the city is under water (see photos & video below). Residents all over the state are being asked to conserve water, and there is a need for sandbag volunteers in the downtown Des Moines area (& in other areas I’m sure). As of this morning, Principal Park (home of the Iowa Cubs) in downtown Des Moines is an island– the dugouts & parking lot are completely filled with water. Having just flipped through photos of the floods of 1993, this news was eerily familiar. The water levels are constantly changing and are not expected to recede until tomorrow morning. I ask that you to keep the people of Iowa in your hearts and prayers.

Cedar Rapids Thursday:

{images via Des Moines Register}

Visit the Des Moines Register for constant updates on the flooding complete with videos & photos.

2 Comments on Floods of 2008

  1. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 4:59 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m from Iowa. Though the floods are bad…they’re not has horrific as the media is making them out to be. They’re absolutely no where near the floods of 93 status. In the DM area, no one is being asked to conserve water and they’re constantly reassuring us that our water is perfectly safe/fine and not to buy bottled. Just thought I’d share…I’m sure you miss IA now! 🙂

  2. Sara
    June 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm (10 years ago)

    I have family in the Quincy,IL area (where I also live part of the year)which is one of the areas that’s been affected by the flooding. The area closest to the river has experienced some flooding (but not nearly as bad as some of the other communities along the Mississippi). There has been a massive sandbagging operation (I volunteered)and the National Guard is all over town helping. Other than that, things seem pretty normal. Thank, God.