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Flooded Cedar Rapids

June 15, 2008

Take a boat tour of Cedar Rapids. Interesting notes in the video: huge underground gas tanks pop out of the ground when submerged – I didn’t know that.  And car trunk locks short out when submerged, popping the trunk open.  Didn’t know that either.

Worse, the flooded area is a huge cultural loss.  There’s an African American museum, a Czech museum, a theatre, a Nature Center.  Apparently the water was something like 12 feet higher than the ‘93 floods.

And here’s a bunch of people in Iowa City demonstrating how much confidence they have in the Burlington Street Bridge.  There’s a dam directly under their feet, normally with 3 or 4 feet of water flowing over it – now 18 feet or so.  And here are some amazingly well-edited aerial photos of the Iowa City area. where I lived from about ‘62 to ‘69.  And incredible aerial footage from Des Moines.

Great choices of music on those videos but I would have preferred informative narration.  Just my two cents.


  1. June 16, 2008 at 08:04 | #1

    It is hard not to have a grim fascination with the news and videos of the flooding. Very sad.

  2. Abhi
    June 16, 2008 at 12:57 | #2

    That was freaky !!

    Had been following the floods on news..but these videos are just scary !!

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