Yeah the floods of the midwest are getting out of control here :thud:. Luckily me and my family have not been affected by it so far..Thanks for all of the support all and I also wish everyone the best getting through this :thumbsup
We really lucked out here in Des Moines. However, a levy broke near 2nd ave and flooded the Birdland area pretty bad. But nothing like Cedar Rapids. A friend of mine works for the Ia D.O.T. and he took 3 8" 4cyl diesel water pumps to Cedar Rapids last Thursday night. He told me that the city of Cedar Rapids only had 5 publics works vehicles and they were all small like pick ups except one. All the rest were under water. The only one they had dry was an old military tow truck that hadn't ran in 15yrs. They got it running but when they were heading through the water to unload his truck, it flooded out due to the high waters. they then had to rent a big wheel loader to get him unloaded and get the pumps in place. He said the water was 8-10" from yield signs and it was not still water, but high flowing water so everything was being severly damaged. I know guys that work over at the CIDR airport and they live 45 miles from Cedar Rapids near a river, which one IDK. He said he has lived there for over 20 years and has never seen water near his place. But it is creeping towards their place and last time I spoke to him they were thinking of bailing. He also told me it is taking him 2-3 hours to get to work due to all the flooding. Another friend of mine sent me an email of a highway near Solus, I think, that the ground underneath it is literally washed out abd the concrete is buckled and collapsed. Good luck to all those people, all this weather lately has been crazy.
luckily for me I am not flooded at all but I can see it from my house and could not get to my townfor a week. I have been on State Active Duty with the Iowa National Guard sicne Sat. but I am lucky there to I guess, I have been on Camp Dodge supporting the missions across the state sending stuff out to troops that they need. At this point I think we have just over 3000 troops across the state. I feel for all who flooded and hope them the best.
Fortunately, I was on the northern edge of the torrential rains in Indiana. We have 7" in 4 hours two Saturdays ago. Just south of us, 12" in 4 hours. Biggest flood in this area since 1875, and who knows for certain how they measured it then. My sister lives on a farm in the White River valley. Last I talked to them, they had 3' of water surrounding their 5' of sandbags. They kept pumps running and stayed dry. They ended up with a dead cow in their swimming pool. I think they got it out and "let nature take it's course."
I have colleagues with family in peril in Iowa. Very, very bad situation for all involved.
Waters are finally going down here. I was not directly affected but several co-workers lost everything. Now that the waters are down the stench is unbelievalbe along with the damage that is left. I've been able to work thanks to some huge Cummins generators. The one is a V-16 that is running at 65% capacity and producing 2000 amps and 1250 kw, it's quite impressive. Thanks for for thinking of us here in Cedar Rapids!!!!!!!:thumbsup
I can say the same for Hoosiers. We just jumped in and helped each other out. The State government here has been very helpful and responsive. Good old heartland values!
Stench has been very bad here as well. Nothing like a few hundred city blocks with the streets full of water logged household goods and fields of rotting vegetation baking in the sun. Makes a taco fart smell like a warm tropical breeze..
Well Im very glad recovery/rescue operations seem to be running way more smoothly for ya'll than they did down south during katrina. As I said as someone who lost everything and was misplaced by katrina, or "The Storm" as it's referred to down here, I really feel for all those who are goin through this rough time. But its great to see how the folks in our heartland are taking it with so much courage,dignity and lack of complaining! I have much respect for them. I really wish I could just quit work for a few weeks and load up Black Beauty to take a bunch of supplies up there to help. But I guess the best thing to do right now is to just keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Glad to hear you were not affected Trent! Sorry to hear about all the people that did lose everything in CR. I can imagine the stench you are smelling. It is pretty bad down by my building, especially at night when it cools down.
At least we had 0 loss of life in CR due to the floods!! Now the long clean-up begins. Most roads are back open thankfully and our police department will be back in their own bulding tommorrow.Here is a link to some pics.
yep one of the leaves broke behind our house in pleasent hill but we only got slight floods but it was nothin lik i seen in port st louis,ms when we were cleaning upafter Katrina but in the year and a half i was down there alot of stuff changed.
Well, we had about 180 homes here that were damaged by th flooding up here, and i want to say.....3/4 of them or so were considered unlivable/total loss. A couple family friends of mine were about 3 blocks from a local river here and they got 4' of water, totaled all vehicles but one as well as collapsed their north basement wall/foundation. Theyve only lived there 3 yrs and were about to adopt a kid, now this has messed everything up for them, if it wasnt for their parents, theyd be homeless right now. Just for an idea, our rivers flood stage is 7' and the last highest record flood in the 1800s i believe was 15',if i remember correctly, we crested this year around 20 or 21'
Here in Cedar Rapids over 4,000 homes and buisnesses had flood damage. Looked at a friends house over the weekend and he had 7 1/2 feet inside his house. Local govt is estimating that we will send about 2 1/2 yrs of trash to landfill over the next couple months and could be 6 weeks to 6 months before waste water facility is on line. Some people are finally able to live in their homes but the vast majority of them are a loss. Still a long road to recovery but the river is 3 ft below flood stage finally!!!
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