Midwest Floods - In Pictures (Pics added)

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

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    My Dad is in Cedar Rapids right now covering the floods for ABC and I thought I'd share the pics he took of downtown. I'll post more if he sends any.

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    I'm sure you'll see more of his work if you watch the ABC coverage.
     
  2. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    *sigh*

    It's so depressing.

    I have relatives in central Indiana, where flooding is also very bad. Luckily, my aunt's house is up from the street a little bit, and she doesn't have a basement, so her house and stuff is fine. My uncle, though, has lost a hell of a lot. All of the furniture that he got from his dad when he died is gone. His convertible that he bought as a frame 13 odd years ago and built from there has water up to it's roof. It's not pretty.

    My aunt said that last weekend, they were driving around trying to get somewhere in their city, and they saw a house where these people were sweeping water out of their house, and their kid, no older than three, was outside the front door, playing in it.:(
     
  3. farmerku macrumors regular

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    I live in Kansas and we have been getting poured on. Luckily I live in Lawrence, Ks and we are the highest point in this pancake of a state which keeps the flooding down, either way there have been tornadoes popping up left and around in the surrounding cities.
     
  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I'm also in Kansas. Our power went out, and there was a bit of rain, but thankfully no flooding down here. Further up north got the worst of it.
     
  5. Indohottie macrumors 6502

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    wow.. those are amazing.. it blows my mind just how easily and quickly it happened.. I am in wisconsin, and we got hit hard.. but it was literately 3 days of rain...
     
  6. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The pics are surreal :(

    Thanks for sharing

    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone there

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  7. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    that must suck!

    but it is pretty cool seeing the photos and how much water is there?

    why is it there?
     
  8. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    The midwestern US has been getting pounded with rain that has overflowed some of the rivers, and Iowa is generally PRETTY FLAT, thus huge problems. I am in Minneapolis (about 200 miles north of the problems) but it is on our news every night. They said the other day that Iowa has 99 counties and right now over 80 of them are considered disaster areas. :(
     
  9. Mankin5344 macrumors member

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    Hopefully FEMA helps these people more than they helped out the katrina victims.
     
  10. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816

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    I just came back from a week in Wisconsin at my parent's house. The town that I grew up in is surrounded by lakes that are all connected by rivers with dams. There are no levees (consequently no "30 foot" water rising) however the lakes act as capacitors had risen by about 22 inches when I was there (which is a lot of water). The one of the lakes just upstream had to bleed off 6-12 inches of water daily (via their dam) just to keep things managable.

    I spent about a day and a half of my vacation sandbagging at the nearest dam. Thankfully, the storms only caused a bunch of basement floodings and very few serious injuries.

    It seemed like the biggest concerns around Wisconsin were the stability of bridges and dams, forcing the closure of numerous roads including sections of the Interstate highways. I don't have any pictures, but much of the surrounding farmland is also underwater which is suffocating the summer's crops, which may be felt in the coming months at the grocery store.

    Pic1 - Kids enjoying the local city beach parking lot (currently underwater).
    Pic2 - One of the city's floating piers, well above its normal height.
    Pic3 - The Cotton Candy man at the City Beach.
    Pic4 - Water on both sides of the city's boardwalk, with city hall in the background.
    Pic5 - The DNR has issued No Wake orders on all affected waterways to prevent further flooding and erosion.
     
  11. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816

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    More photos:

    Pic6 - Water finally spilling from a lake (on left behind trees) over the road to fill the swamp (right side). That road was closed the next day as the water continued to rise.

    Pic7 - The front yard of a former dam-keeper's house. You can see where the edge of the river used to be.

    Pic8 - Note that the photo was taken on the downstream side of the dam (near the dock-keepers house again), showing that there was not much difference between the height of the backed up river and the lake (on the otherside of the dam).

    Pic9 - Many piers are made out of wood in this area and when the water rose, the piers rose with them.
     
  12. danblakemore macrumors newbie

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    We had the same thing here in the UK, one year ago to the week. Here are some photo's of my local area (Sheffield) on that fateful day...
     

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  13. bov macrumors 6502

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    Global Warming. :(
     
  14. Rivix macrumors 6502a

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    Right, but its also caused by destruction of natural flood planes and levy's that only increase the height of the waterflow.
     
  15. asxtb macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, global warming. :rolleyes:
    Rivers have flooded long before global warming was even thought of.

    Growing up in eastern Iowa (about 10 minutes from the Mississippi River) I feel like I've become desensitized to flooding. I see this pictures and I think, 'Meh, nothing new. It happens.' I had to deal with this every few years when I was a kid. I've helped with sand bagging with some of the floods. It's just part of life living near the river.
     
  16. idyll macrumors 6502

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    Yeowch, that is scary! Reminds me of Florida... I don't think we had any really damaging hurricanes last year.
     

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