Iowa – Midwest Floods 2008: News & Statistics

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  • Quick Summary for Midwest Flood:
  • Two dozen people killed and 148 injured
  • Approximately 35,000 – 40,000 people evacuated from homes
  • Flood warnings cover a span of about 325 miles from Dubuque, Iowa to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mississippi crested at 37 feet in St. Louis area, seven feet above flood level
  • Iowa's agricultural economic losses are estimated to exceed $2 billion
  • 9 Iowa rivers crested at record levels
  • 83 of 99 Iowa counties are disaster areas
  • 21 Illinois counties declared disaster areas
  • Cedar Rapids – water covered 1,300 city blocks, 9.2 square mile
  • Cedar Rapids – City Hall, the Linn County jail, the fire department, police communication equipment, most of the public library's collection and 3,900 homes were all under water
  • Cedar River flood crest exceeds historic 1929 record
  • Cedar River flood crested at over 32 feet Friday, June 13
  • South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana have also been affected
  • Floods have wrecked the Midwest's corn and soybean crops
  • 22 levees breeched as of 6.20.08
  • Abnormally heavy snowpack with unseasonably heavy rainfall are root causes of flooding
  • Cedar Rapids recorded 24.09 inches of rain for the year - more than 10 inches above normal
  • Other parts of Eastern Iowa within the Cedar watershed recorded from 15–20 inches of rain between May 10–June 10
  • Cedar River has flooded more than 4,000 homes and many businesses in Cedar Rapids
  • Areas of Cedar Rapids are flooded beyond the so-called 500-year flood level of 26.5 feet
  • Damage costs in Cedar Rapids estimated at over $1.5 Billion

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