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Gazette, KCRG to partner on flood anniversary event

Community spirit celebration set for June 13 on May's Island

The Cedar River rises around City Hall and May’s Island on June 12, 2008, the day before the river crested in the worst flood in the history of Cedar Rapids. The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 are presenting a community celebration June 13 at Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood.  (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
The Cedar River rises around City Hall and May’s Island on June 12, 2008, the day before the river crested in the worst flood in the history of Cedar Rapids. The Gazette and KCRG-TV9 are presenting a community celebration June 13 at Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Gazette is partnering with KCRG-TV9 for Epic Rebirth, a celebration of community spirit, designed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood, one of the most costly natural disasters in the nation’s history.

The free event, sponsored by Mercy Medical Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, at the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s Island in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The Cedar River crested at 31.12 feet in Cedar Rapids on June 13, 2008, far higher than at any point in recorded history. The flood caused an estimated $5 billion in damage and loss, according to federal estimates.

The city forever changed as a result.

The June 13 event will feature live performances, interviews and presentations recalling the critical moments of the flood, how the city has bounced back and what is to come.

The schedule includes:

• 4:30 p.m. community showcase: Live music and entertainment, along with community stations displaying achievements since 2008 and information about upcoming events and initiatives.

• 6 p.m. program: KCRG anchors Bruce Aune and Beth Malicki will host a 90-minute live broadcast featuring interview-style segments about the rebuild, development milestones and the emerging flood-control system, with segments involving key players in the flood and the recovery. The event will close with performance by Theatre Cedar Rapids and Voices of Hope.

Community sponsors include Linn County, Veterans Memorial Commission, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council, Built By Pros, Black Sheep Social Club and Clock House Brewing

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In addition to the event, The Gazette is recognizing the 10th anniversary with a special commemorative section to be published June 10, along with additional coverage in print and online.

More information is available online at TheGazette.com/epicrebirth/event.

l Comments: (319) 339-3177; brian.morelli@thegazette.com

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