Epic Rebirth

Before and After: Browse interactive photos of flood recovery

Before and after photo of the NewBo market area. During the flood 2008, and current day 2018.
Before and after photo of the NewBo market area. During the flood 2008, and current day 2018.
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The Gazette's photo staff has taken it upon themselves to recreate iconic photos from the 2008 flood. Below are a selection of photos in a juxtapose experience. You can click on the middle bar and adjust the view of the composite image. 

Explore the impact and recovery of a number of flooded areas around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Epic Surge

Old: The Cedar River continues to rise around City Hall and May's Island Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2008. The river rose above record levels Thursday, and is expected to crest Friday morning. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

New: Same view on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette).

Czech Village

Old: Barb Ferguson, wife of the owner Polehna's Meat Market receives a hug from Iowa State Representative Art Staed as she waits out side of the flood ravaged business on 16th Ave in Czech Village on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in Cedar Rapids. Czech Village owners were permitted to return to their buildings to salvage what they could. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

NewThe Create Exchange opened in the former Polehna’s shop, and Village Meat Market is  now open next door on 16th Avenue SW in the Czech Village of Cedar Rapids. Photographed on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Third Ave. - Downtown

Old: Floodwaters rise around an abandoned car on Third Avenue between First Street and Second Street Wednesday morning, June 12, 2008. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

New: A bicyclist rides in a bike lane past parked cars on Third Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Fourth Ave. - Downtown

Old: Floodwater covers the intersection of Third St. and 4th Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids around midday on Thursday, June 12, 2008. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

New: In downtown Cedar Rapids on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Mercy Medical Center

Old: Volunteers form a human chain to carry sandbags for the effort of protecting Mercy Medical Center from the rising flood waters early Friday, June 13, 2008, in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

New: Mercy Medical Center in southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, June 2, 2018. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Time Check Neighborhood

Old: Alice Galvin walks up Fifth Street NW toward her Time Check neighborhood home in Northwest Cedar Rapids on Friday, June 27, 2008. Her home was badly damaged in the flood of 1993, and was struck again in this summer's flood. This time, she said, they won't rebuild. "We have no idea where we're going," she said at the time (Liz Martin / The Gazette).

New: Alice Galvin of Cedar Rapids stands on Fifth Street NW in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Galvin's Time Check home at 1204 5th Street NW was flooded in 2008 and subsequently demolished. On Wednesday, she attended the West Side Rising dedication, where she and her husband received carnations with other memorial attendees. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)


Old: The CRANDIC railroad bridge over the Cedar River next to the Eighth Avenue bridge collapsed due to flooding on the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids in mid-June. Shot Friday, June 27, 2008. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

NewThe $9 million CRANDIC Railroad Bridge across the river leads to Ingredion, formerly Penford Products. The 795-foot-long bridge opened in 2009 and carries 20,000 rail cars per year. It is the same elevation as the old bridge, but its bottom is 2 feet higher. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

NewBo Area

Old: A city truck drives down Third Street SE across 12th Avenue SE, past The Art Vault, as the Cedar River floodwaters rise early Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

New: Bicyclists ride down Third Street SE across 12th Avenue SE, through NewBo in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Boatride Downtown

Old: Guy Ayers-Berry and his crew pilots his boat down 2nd Ave E en route to search for residents waiting to be evacuated in Cedar Rapids on Thursday evening, June 12, 2008. (Jonathan D. Woods/The Gazette)

New: The view looking north on 2nd Ave SE from the 2nd Street intersection in downtown Cedar Rapids on Friday, June 1, 2018. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Paramount Theatre

Old: Interior photo of The Paramount Theatre during renovation. (Cliff Jette /The Gazette)

New: Interior photo of The Paramount Theatre after renovation. (Cliff Jette /The Gazette) (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Dubuque Street

Old: Flood waters cover Dubuque Street near the Park Road bridge in Iowa City Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Flooding is expected to worsen in Iowa City in the coming days as water is predicted to top the emergency spillway at the Coralville Lake Wednesday morning. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

New: Traffic moves along Dubuque Street as work continues on the Iowa City Gateway Project in Iowa City on Wednesday, May. 30, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

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