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mbeach
06-13-2008, 08:18 AM
as many of you know, the heartland is being inundated with record rainfall and bad storms. contributing to the problems was near all time record sonwfalls last season together with a wet spring producing saturated soil. folks, this is serious. just up the road in cedar rapids, they have closed several hospitals and moved patients to the university of iowa hospitals and clinics. i was there in the flood of 93, but this is far worse. i am attaching a link to the local paper where you can look at aerial photos. near the end of the photos is a picture of the dam on the iowa river just north of iowa city. what is impressive about this sturcture is that you can see water going over the dam spillway. for perspective purposes, that spillway is probably 60-ft above normal pool levels of the lake. to make matters worse, the river will crest next tuesday and the water is estimated to reach 5-ft above the top of the spillway not taking into account any additional rainfall during the period!!!!!! the iowa river watershed extends north of iowa city to waterloo and cedar falls so rainfall in this area impacts everything downstream. i am fine since i live on high ground, but there are many who will lose everything. please pray that God's grace and mercy will get us through this.

http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=D5&Date=20080612&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=806120805&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=1

Slinkyredfoot
06-13-2008, 09:02 AM
Used to travel to Cedar Rapids quite often years ago to the P&H Crane factory. Looks like this town is totally underwater now as well...

sham'sbabymama
06-13-2008, 09:24 AM
WOW!!! Definately in my prayers!!!! I can't imagine what this state is going through.

mbeach
06-13-2008, 09:38 AM
Used to travel to Cedar Rapids quite often years ago to the P&H Crane factory. Looks like this town is totally underwater now as well...
just spoke to wife and she said all of cedar rapids (cr) downtown area is underwater big time and all power is off. apparently water levels are 12-ft above the record flood of 1929. cr has already lost a railroad bridge and major highways, especially those with bridges, are in process of or have been shutdown. emergency vehicular triffic will have major problems.

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 12:29 PM
luckily I live on a hill ;)

its pretty bad, can't ride the motorcycle down my usual roads either.

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 12:30 PM
Aereal shot 3, wonder what's going to become of devonian fossil gorge?

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 12:31 PM
shot 5, they've been building that underwater cooling thing forever, guess their pumps can't keep up once the water goes over the metal temp. dam.

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 12:39 PM
Normal Spillway

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1233/622322258_06c90c0fd5.jpg?v=0

mbeach
06-13-2008, 03:10 PM
shot 5, they've been building that underwater cooling thing forever, guess their pumps can't keep up once the water goes over the metal temp. dam.
interestingly enough, the underground chilled water line consruction site is raising the water level in the river nearly 1.5-ft due to flow impedence. where do you call home now 88?

mbeach
06-13-2008, 03:14 PM
Aereal shot 3, wonder what's going to become of devonian fossil gorge? water erodes the bed to become the silurian dig??

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 03:24 PM
bit of the three, graduated from Iowa, but have the apt till the end of july, so I've been back and forth, went to chicago this week though.

BrianM
06-13-2008, 03:49 PM
Some of those pictures look familiar. :eek:

Why would anyone build their city next to a river?? :rolleyes:

88 PS190
06-13-2008, 03:50 PM
It makes walking home drunk that much more intense ;)