Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pictures later....

The floods of '08 are the worst on record here in Waterloo/Cedar Falls. Record high waters in '99 were measured at 96.2 feet in Cedar Falls. It was devastating. The Cedar crested in Cedar Falls early this morning at 102.13 feet. The waters were literally within a couple of inches of going over the levees and flooding downtown CF. Downtown Waterloo is pretty much under water on the west side right now, all caused by water backing through the storm sewers from the river. The levees in Waterloo will handle 27 feet. It just crested at a touch over 26. It's raining to the north of us and we'll be getting some of that here too....

Like my buddy Brian Hunt said... "all you can do is drink beer and watch". He lost everything. Fortunately, he has his family here and they'll take care of each other. Jackal's mother in law has lost everything. There are and will be many others who will have to start over.... It could have been worse, I guess.

There are 11 bridges across the Cedar here, 3 in Cedar Falls and 8 in Waterloo. One of them is open. The oldest one. Amazing. Houses almost totally submerged, highways closed. Wow.


Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!


Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I feel for you and all the folks in Iowa being affected by the flooding. We have had a bit of it, but during yesterday's ride, it looked as if it was receeding now.
That must be a very frustrating experience to know you are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

I am getting the 411 on all the flooding from the NBC evening news! They have been reporting from CF all week. CRAZY!!!

4:23 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

stay safe, blue.

6:11 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

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6:11 PM  
Blogger Lily on the Road said...

Blue, I hope that you and your family stay safe and out of harms way!

Sending positive thoughts your way from Ottawa!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Take care of yourselves.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Guitar Ted said...

You know, the one thing that really hasn't been touched on is the years it will take to recover from this as a community. We just saw the last of the "old" CF/W'loo. It's gonna be a completely different area from this time forward.

But ya know, I can't say as I've heard of any deaths or injuries, although I'm sure there are some. But think about it, how much life coulda been lost? It's nuts when you consider the possibilities.

Sorry to hear about the family members and friends troubles. I suppose we all know somebody that's lost it all though.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Craig, The Flanders Fat Cat said...

I lived through flooding on the Monongahela river a couple of times and it followed me to the Mississippi in Davenport (circa 1988.)It's tough but people are resilient, amazingly so. Good luck to your friends and relatives out there.

How do you do that comment deleted thing? These anon's are getting out of hand all over the place.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Pete Basso said...

Blue - as I mentioned at Carl's blog we are all thinking of you guys and keeping you in our prayers. This weather has been devastating to say the least. so sorry to hear of the all the stories of total loss. I can only hope that some good will come of all this.

Stay dry my friend!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

thanks to everyone for your positive thoughts. we were much more fortunate than many around us and are very thankful.

5:32 PM  

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