Flood of June 2013

“Hi Mother Nature, How’s it going?”

“Not bad just had a quick question for you. You know all the rain that you didn’t get last year?”

“Oh yep, that caused a pretty bad drought. A lot of gardens and farm land didn’t do well at all.”

“Oh sorry about that. I actually found all that water and you can have back all at once right now. Here you go.”

That’s what it seems like these days. Nature seemed to misplace all the rain from last year and has now found it and decided to give it all back. So anyone living or working near the Iowa, Cedar or most of the other rivers in Eastern Iowa are pretty worried. There was a thought that the Coralville Reservoir was going to spill over the emergency spillway (something that has only ever happened twice in 1993 and 2008), but the Army Corps of Engineers is now hoping it will stay low enough.

20130422-081500.jpgIowa River a Couple of weeks ago

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Iowa River Now

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Then…

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And now

20130422-081604.jpgBack in April the water was falling about 5-6 feet of the Iowa River Power dam

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Now its falling maybe a foot.

My house and belongings are in no danger, but there are a lot of businesses, parks and University buildings that may be damaged.  Some of which have barely been repaired after the 2008 flood.  Luckily the city was much better prepared, sandbags are already in place, as well as other flood mitigation efforts.  Just hoping I can still make it to work on Monday.  Stay safe everybody and good growing.

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