'Epic Stand' flood book to help with flood recovery efforts

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Staff report

In the flood of 2016, stories of teamwork emerged as people mobilized to protect the city from the Cedar River’s second-highest crest on record.

Our community and the images captured tell a story different from the despair and loss in the flood of 2008. 

We’ve compiled those images into a 52-page softcover book available for purchase now.

The book, titled “Epic Stand,” is a collection of images detailing the preparation, anxious moments and recovery from this year’s flood.

Our photographers worked tirelessly to capture the teamwork of thousands who came together to help friends and strangers prepare for floodwaters. As the water rose, the team documented efforts of city crews, contractors and others watching anxiously to make sure the efforts held. Other images show the confidence and resolve and some moments of beauty.

While “Epic Stand” refers to the massive effort to build temporary flood measures and evacuate portions of the city, it’s also a nod to our 2008 headline of “Epic Surge,” which became the title of a book of images of the 2008 flood.

Proceeds from the new book will go to the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation’s recovery funds set up in response to the 2016 flooding. The funds help businesses and non-profits defray the cost of flood preparation, recovery and costs associated with displacement.

That’s where teamwork still is needed. 

While the threat of flooding is gone, recovery funds are critical to helping return the momentum seen in the city before the threat.

Several sponsors have helped support this project. Many thanks to Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, the city of Cedar Rapids, Skogman Realty, TrueNorth and United Fire Group, 

Please consider purchasing the book celebrating the challenges and dedication of so many during the flood threat and help support the recovery effort.

Where to buy books

The book is on sale now: 

  • At The Gazette, 500 Third Ave. SE, or (319)-398-8211, extension 0
  • At the GO Cedar Rapids Visitor Center located in the NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE
  • Or online at The Gazette's Store, Shipping charges are extra.

— Zack Kucharski, executive editor

For all of The Gazette's Flood 2016 coverage, please visit our flood coverage center.

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