Tracy Sefl is a Principal with Navigators Global, a bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm, based in Washington, DC. More importantly, Tracy is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On her recent trip back to Iowa to see her family for the holidays, Tracy decided to investigate the effects of the flood of [...]
The Gazette recently published an article, titled Was there a post-flood exodus from Cedar Rapids?, about the whether or not the upcoming Census count will reveal that the city of Cedar Rapids has suffered a population drop.
By Cari Cooney As with many people facing flood waters in 2008 in Iowa, they felt it would never top the flooding of 1993. We’ve heard this a lot from those who have had devastating waters destroy their homes, businesses and beloved items. William Yates was a longtime resident of Palo, a small town northeast [...]
Posted on 12. Aug, 2010 by admin.
By Cari Cooney In a matter of days, torrential downpours caused Ames Iowa and other central Iowa towns to flood severely. This strikes near and dear to me, as I graduated from Iowa State in 2006. Parking lots that were soon to hold fellow Cyclones fans for tailgating now look like lakes. Major roads have [...]
Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Ames early Wednesday after three to five inches of rain pushed Squaw Creek and Skunk River to break their banks. Sandbagging is underway, but water is already up to car windshields. Several buildings on the Iowa State University campus, such as Hilton Coliseum where the Cyclones [...]
Posted on 19. Jul, 2010 by admin.
A Flood Story By Cari Cooney Elizabeth and her husband were going through a separation at the time of the flooding in 2008. Though she was living in a separate apartment, many of her items were being stored at their home together on 10th Street. Elizabeth was still frequently at the home, helping her husband remodel [...]
Posted on 21. May, 2010 by admin.
After almost two years, the city of Palo, Iowa has broken ground on a new community center and City Hall. The city was hit exceptionally hard by flooding in 2008. Reports indicate close to 400 homes were damaged by high water, causing almost $10 million dollars in total damage to city property.
The Ticket to Hope Program, provided by the Iowa Department of Human Services, is offering free mental health counseling sessions to victims of 2008 Iowa floods.
Despite benefits, towns reject FEMA flood buyouts: Chelsea’s 297 residents were tempted to move after 2008′s flood but ultimately opted to stay put. Municipal leaders considered a plan to move their town, in the northern part of the state between the Iowa River and Otter Creek, to a nearby hill. But the plan was scrapped when the farmer who owned the land decided not to sell.
Posted on 21. Mar, 2010 by admin.
There are so many stories from flood victims that find their way to my inbox. While all of them are interesting, heart-breaking and sometimes, pleasantly enlightening, the story of Timothy “TJ” Jensen was truly incredible. Told to me by his dear friend Rebecca Hall, his story of loss, courage and perseverance could serve as an inspiration to all who reads his tale.