I just returned from Iowa. I beat the closing of I-80 (at the Tipton exit) and made it back to Chicago. I was at at 2 day conference in Des Moines that was let out early due to flooding. Two ladies from Cedar Falls (not Cedar Rapids) left almost as soon as the conference started and took a day and a half to get home, because there was only one way into that city that was open. This is the river that runs through Cedar Rapids.
I am originally from Iowa, not far from where Roger is. We had the "100 year flood" in '91 and then the "500 year flood" again in '93. To let you know how bad it is, the crest of the Cedar River through Cedar Rapids in '93 was 19 feet. This flood crested at '31 feet.
My mother says that she has never seen so much rain. It just keeps coming. Many of my family live in Cedar Rapids but they are safe.
Iowa City is due to crest on Tuesday, higher than it has ever been also. The Main Library of the University is already flooded. Luckily, my dissertation is on an upper floor. However, Lindquist Center, where I spent hundreds of hours on the computers as I worked on my dissertation, is in danger of being flooded. Of course, people and the losses they face, are the real tragedy.
If you want to see what is going on, check out the pix on www.gazetteonline.com
. The Gazette is the Cedar Rapids paper and is being produced through generators right now.
And all of this is headed for the Mississippi.
PS: Good thing I did not stop to see Roger on my way to Des Moines. I was in a hurry to get home to Anamosa, and he wouldn't have been there anyway.