500 Year Flood

UPDATE June 26, 2015 – It doesn’t seem possible that we just passed the 8th year anniversary from this major flood. Reconstruction continues and just this month Cedar Rapids rolled out the final decade long version of a flood control system. The flood did a lot of damage, first from the water and then from the flood recovery “expert” that talked the city into making a lot of decisions that ultimately caused issues and cost more money than it should have. Every time we drive over the 5 in 1 bridge, the one bridge to stay open because it was so very far above the river, my mother keeps saying “I don’t know where the water came from, how it stayed that long, and where it went.” We should also be grateful that it was mainly property that was damaged not people and hopefully next time people will react quickly when word reaches them that a flood is coming.

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UPDATE June 26, 2015 – It doesn’t seem possible that we just passed the 8th year anniversary from this major flood. Reconstruction continues and just this month Cedar Rapids rolled out the final decade long version of a flood control system. The flood did a lot of damage, first from the water and then from the flood recovery “expert” that talked the city into making a lot of decisions that ultimately caused issues and cost more money than it should have. Every time we drive over the 5 in 1 bridge, the one bridge to stay open because it was so very far above the river, my mother keeps saying “I don’t know where the water came from, how it stayed that long, and where it went.” We should also be grateful that it was mainly property that was damaged not people and hopefully next time people will react quickly…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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