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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 09:04 AM
Sandman*, Lolasdeb, others - heard about the major flooding out your way - please check in and let us know if everyone's safe.



*Cedar Rapids has apparently been hit really hard.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 10:21 AM
Yes please check in...... this just came over the news wire


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rising water from the Cedar River forced the evacuation of a downtown hospital Friday after residents of more than 3,000 homes fled for higher ground. A railroad bridge collapsed, and 100 city blocks were under water.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 10:25 AM
I have a friend in Cascade Iowa, wonder if that area is flooded.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 10:31 AM
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I have a friend in Cascade Iowa, wonder if that area is flooded.



They are currently in a flood watch

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 10:33 AM
Statement as of 6:23 AM CDT on June 13, 2008

... Flood Warning remains in effect until further notice...

The Flood Warning continues for
the Mississippi River at Dubuque.
* Until further notice.
* At 5:30 am Friday the stage was 20.2 feet... and rising.
* Moderate flooding is occurring.
* Flood stage is 17 feet.
* Forecast... rise to 20.4 feet today... then begin falling.
* Impact... at 20 feet... water affects the Illinois central Railroad
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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 10:45 AM
Hey Droogie, thanks for the thoughts.

Yeah CR is sort of a mess right now...I've posted some updates in the MT thread in the whipping post.

The water supply in CR is in danger of running out (ironic sort of with all the water flowing through downtown) but we're heading out to my folks for the weekend so I'll be gone for a while, but we're fine and my property is on a hill so we're dry...

Sounds like Deb and Kitty are fine as well...

Cascade had some flooding problems if I recall correctly from the news, but I can't say for sure how bad...

Well, gotta run folks...thanks again for the thoughts...you just can't fight mother nature - not when she's in a fighting mood...

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I was watching coverage of some of this last night. In one story they said that the previous high water mark had been 20ft. They said the water yesterday was at 32 feet and they thought the water might crest at something like 37feet. They said there was no presidence for flooding of this magnitude and they said they could only call it perhaps a 500 year flood or worse. Stay safe everybody.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 11:52 AM
Good to hear you're safe, Chad. Have a dry weekend.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 12:12 PM
Thanks for the thoughts, Droogie, and everyone else!!! We middle earthers have been kind of keeping track of each other over in MT. As a Cedar Rapids resident, Chad's community definitely has been hit hardest. Something like 100 city blocks are under water there, a train was washed off a bridge and is now submerged, and they are in danger of loosing potable water (having gone through the '93 flood in DSM and being without water for some time I can only say this is a bad situation to be in ).

Kitty lives a little further north and the town she works in was under water but she didn't have any damage to her own property and has indicated things are calming down there somewhat.

I live in DSM and we have rivers out of their banks in a few areas. All of the downtown bridges over the river are closed as are many other roads and surrounding highways (my normal route to work is totally submerged so I am in detour mode). The areas downtown near the rivers have sustained flooding but it hasn't gone throughout the entire area (like Cedar Rapids) I had flooded basement last week but things were remedied with new sumpump and dehumidifier and I got some stuff drug out last weekend and tossed and have help coming this weekend to finish dragging damaged items from the basement and take them to the dump (still damp but no standing water - yeah!) I live near the river and areas that are heavily flooded but I'm far enough uphill that I'm not worried about any property damage. There are areas of town being evacuated, though.

Thanks again for your thoughts! Am keeping my canoe close to the backdoor and have Lola's lifevest handy!

Cedar Rapids...
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=iowa+flood&um=1&ie=UTF-8&am p;sa=X&oi=news_group&resnum=1&ct=title


 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 12:21 PM
I'm glad you and Lola are prepared, Deb. Best of luck.
 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 12:26 PM
Glad you all are ok. Here is something to make you laugh, this news reporter got busted! I know your situation is more critical just like how the news sometimes tries to make it seem more than it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg3aGq50sR0

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 12:28 PM
Best of luck folks... there's so much wacky weather everywhere it seems but the midwest has really been under the gun lately... stay safe and good luck!

 

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Glad you all are ok. Here is something to make you laugh, this news reporter got busted! I know your situation is more critical just like how the news sometimes tries to make it seem more than it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg3aGq50sR0
LMAO!!! Good one Eric!

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 12:56 PM
I jusr read they are asking for evacuation of the downtown Des Moines area due the river is at the top of the levee know. I think I'd hightail it for higer ground.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 01:29 PM
Yep, just received that info myself. I don't work in our downtown buildings but have been told that they will be sending people home. I do have to drive through the area to get home myself tonight - should be interesting trip. The river was very high when I came in a few hours ago but it hadn't reached the lop of levee yet so it must be rising fast.

 

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I jusr read they are asking for evacuation of the downtown Des Moines area due the river is at the top of the levee know. I think I'd hightail it for higer ground.


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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 01:37 PM
Updates here

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local

 

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Picture from Drudgereport

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 02:20 PM
Evacuation Zone

 

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That arch is actuually part of a stage and that water in front of it is an outdoor amphiteater (Kelly Hunt was supposed to play there last night...)

 

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  posted on 6/13/2008 at 02:41 PM
Happy you are safe over there and thanks for checking in!

 

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  posted on 6/14/2008 at 07:32 AM
Good vibes to the folks dry'n out & to those down river as the water goes out the river....

The farm fields here are starting to flood now....

I live close to where the Ohio & Miss rivers meet......... What a mess.....

 

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  posted on 6/14/2008 at 02:25 PM
There's something else that will happen apart from all the people who live there being displaced and effected by the ravages of the water.

Floods Threaten World's Corn
Saturday 14 June 2008
by: Stevenson Jacobs, The Associated Press

Floods that have inundated the Midwest could reduce world corn supplies and drive food prices higher at a time when Americans are stretching their grocery budgets and when people in poor countries have rioted over rising food costs.

The U.S. government will report later this month on how many acres of corn were lost to flooding, but farmers and agriculture experts say the toll appears grim, with thousands of acres probably destroyed in the region that grows most of the world's corn.

"It's not a very good picture at all. We're looking at possibly a good reduction in acres if a lot of this crop remains underwater," said Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University. "There's still hope, but it wanes with each rainstorm."

The disaster has drawn comparisons to the 1993 floods that displaced thousands of people and wiped away vast swaths of the heartland's agriculture. At the time, about 18 bushels per acre of corn were destroyed, "and everybody is reporting that this year is worse," said Jason Ward, grains analyst at North Star Commodity in Minneapolis.

The most recent floods have sent corn prices soaring past $7 a bushel for the first time, up from about $4 a year ago. Prices shot to a record for a seventh straight day Friday, climbing as high as $7.37 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Floodwaters also hurt soybean crops, sending prices near all-time highs. Wheat, oats, rice and other food commodities were also damaged.

In Iowa, the country's top corn producer, about 9 percent of the anticipated crop either hasn't been planted because farmers can't get into their fields, or needs to be replanted because it's waterlogged, said Roger Elmore, a corn expert at Iowa State.

That's about 1.2 million acres of corn - almost 1.5 percent of the country's anticipated harvest - that may produce only a fraction of its potential yield.

Rain continued falling Friday in much of Iowa, and it's already late to be planting corn.

"It's Noah's Ark-like conditions out there ... and if you replant now you're going to get much lower yields," said Vic Lespinasse of grainanalyst.com in Chicago.

Corn prices have shot up more than 80 percent in the past year because of rising energy prices and surging global demand for biofuel and livestock feed, but excessive rainfall in the Midwest has pushed prices up nearly 20 percent in the past month alone.

Two Deaths Tied to Floods

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hospital patients in wheelchairs and on stretchers were evacuated in the middle of the night as the biggest flood the city has ever seen swamped more than 400 blocks Friday and all but cut off the supply of clean drinking water in the city of 120,000.

As many as 10,000 townspeople driven from their homes by the rain-swollen Cedar River took shelter at schools and hotels or moved in with relatives.

About 100 miles to the west, officials in Iowa's biggest city, Des Moines, urged people in low-lying areas to clear out by Friday evening. The Des Moines River was expected to crest Friday night, but officials said just before the expected peak that a malfunctioning gauge may have led them to overestimate how high it would rise.

Officials became less worried that the levees would be topped, but U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Roger Less said the city of 190,000 residents would not be out of danger until today.

The flooding was blamed for at least two deaths in Iowa: A driver was killed in an accident on a road underwater, and a farmer who went out to check his property was swept away.

Since June 6, Iowa has gotten at least 8 inches of rain. That came after a wet spring that left the ground saturated. As of Friday, nine rivers were at or above historic flood levels. More thunderstorms are possible in the Cedar Rapids area over the weekend, but next week is expected to be sunny and dry.

In Cedar Rapids, the engorged river flowed freely through downtown. At least 438 city blocks were underwater, and in some neighborhoods the water was 8 feet high.

Hundreds of cars were submerged, with only their antennas poking up through the water. Plastic toys bobbed in front of homes.

Flooding Shatters Records

For decades, Cedar Rapids escaped any major, widespread flooding, even during the Midwest deluge of 1993, and many people had grown confident that rising water would pose no danger to their city. The flood this time didn't just break records; it shattered them.

The Cedar River was expected to crest Friday night at nearly 32 feet, an astonishing 12 feet higher than the old record, set in 1929.

Flooding left 2 inches of water in the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday night, and water spilling into the lower levels threatened to knock out the hospital's emergency generator.

A total of 176 patients - some of them frail, about 30 of them from a nursing home at the medical center - were moved to other hospitals in an all-night operation that was not completed until daybreak.

Gov. Chet Culver declared 83 of the state's 99 counties disaster areas, a designation that helps speed aid and opens the way for loans and grants. The damage in Cedar Rapids alone was a preliminary $737 million, Fire Department spokesman Dave Koch said.
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Remarks: The corn is not just consumed directly by people. It is also used in livestock feed. If it costs more to feed the animals (cows, chickens etc.), it will cost you more for that also. All of the problems of climate change effect everything else. Eventually, the famines, the refugees (having nowhere to go cause their homes have been flooded out), all of it leads to one place. Your End Times scenario. The signs happen every day, slowly, but surely. Eventually the storms get worse, everything gets worse. The tsunami in Sumatra was a wake up call. The earthquake in Pakistan where 70,000 people died in one day was a wake up call. Floods like this in Iowa are a wake-up call for the discerning.




 

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