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 GazetteSources: National Weather Service/City of Cedar Rapids