Skip to main content

The city I live in, the city I work in, the city of my friends and of good times and bad, is now sinking beneath the waters as we speak.  We're turning into two cities, east and west, as our bridges shut down one by one.  Cedar Rapids crested today, and my heart goes out to them and everyone I know in that beautiful city.  

Next, it's our turn.

These are my pictures of Iowa City today.

When I took these photos, the National Weather Service was predicting another three feet of rise to a crest of 33 feet -- 4 1/2 more than the 1993 record.  So, to everything you see here, add another three feet in your mind.  Also consider that I had no boat or aircraft; this was just what I could see from the shore, and roads are down all over the place (plus, police are barricading people out of the worst areas).  

With that in mind, here's Iowa City today.

---

Here's how much rain we've been getting - this is the hood of my car:

South Gilbert St.:

Gas station on S. Gilbert:

Aldi's shopping cart:

A building I helped sandbag gets ready to go under:

All over town, everywhere you go, content ducks:

Highway 6 bridge:

Contaminated water:

Dubuque goes underwater:

Submerged buildings across City Park:

City Park:

Dubuque:

The sandbag wall helping hold off the river on the east side:

The old dam downtown is now invisible; instead, there is a raging torrent:

I threw my arm out helping sandbag this church.  All in vain:

More submerged houses that I helped sandbag.  These were actually rather high up compared to others, but not enough.  I couldn't get closer because the police were yelling at anyone who got near:

Basketball goals:

---

For more photos from today, as well as videos and stitched panoramas, I have the complete set online here.  When the river crests, I'll do another photodiary, and try to hit Coralville, too.  If it's still possible to get over there; if the I80 bridge goes out, it'll be effectively impossible except by air.

Originally posted to Rei on Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 07:39 PM PDT.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site