Photos from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area since the flood
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Weeks have turned to months since the June 2008 floods. As you drive through the flood-affected areas, you can see some homeowners rebuilding, but in most cases, the homes have been abandoned. If the home is in the 100 yr flood zone, there is a chance the city/state may buy out the owner. However, the money and help has been slow to come. Decisions are being made on a flood levee and/or flood wall system, but it will be years before it is built. If your home is on the wrong side of the flood levee, why would you want to rebuild?
This page has photos taken in the July to November 2008 timeframe. It is obvious that it will be a long time before the scars from the flood will be removed.
For photos during the flood:
Inside the Cedar Rapids Main Library. The building has been cleaned, but it will be years before the library can return. All 250,000+ items on the first floor were destroyed in the flood.
Another photo of the interior of the library. Water levels reached over 5' deep on this floor.
Another photo of 8th Ave rail bridge.
Business in Little Bohemia section of Cedar Rapids. The business owner has been rebuilding this structure.
Home near the CSPS Theater. Photo taken in October, 4 months after the flood.
Home in Little Bohemia.
Home in the Little Bohemia section of Cedar Rapids. This dead end street was hard hit... it doesn't look as though anyone is working on these homes.