June 13, 2008

Cedar Rapids Flooding


Mays Island in downtown Cedar Rapids has never been breached by the waters of the Cedar River until now. Four thousand homes have been evacuated and one of the cities two hospitals has been evacuated. The entire downtown area is underwater and the Quaker Oats, Cargill, and the Penford plants have been shut down. On Thursday one railroad bridge loaded with rail cars filled with gravel meant to help stabilize the bridge against the power of the river collapsed. All the auto bridges but the I 380 overpass are submerged. The city is under a water conservation order as workers battle to protect the one remaining city well still operating.

More Photos Courtesy of the CR Gazette

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