Four years later: Remembering the flood

Anniversary to be marked with groundbreaking for new fire station

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Wednesday marks four years since the Flood of 2008 crested in Cedar Rapids. The city of Cedar Rapids will mark the exact moment the Cedar River crested — 10:15 a.m. — with a groundbreaking for a new central fire station at 713 First Ave. E to replace the one ruined by floodwaters. In case you have forgotten, here is a look at the magnitude of the worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history:

  • 31.12 feet: Cedar River’s crest on June 13, 2008.
  • 11.12 feet: Level above previous record crest (1851 and 1929).
  • 9.36 feet: Level river rose in eight hours the day before crest.
  • 14 percent: Amount of city covered by water, totaling 10 square miles or 1,126 city blocks.
  • 8 days: time after crest it took Cedar River to drop below flood stage.
  • 7,749: Total properties flooded.
  • 5,390: Residential properties flooded.
  • 1,049: Commercial properties flooded.
  • 18,623: Estimated city residents directly impacted by flooding.
  • 1,413: Total number of flood structures demolished so far (979 residential, 428 outbuildings, six commercial)
  • 2020: Year city expects reconstruction and replacement of all flood-damaged homes and businesses to finish.

Curated by Adam Carros, Terry Coyle and Jim Riley/The Gazette

Sources: National Weather Service/City of Cedar Rapids

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