Midwest flood reveals wide damage

City's water has also been contaminated
June 15, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The widespread damage from record flooding is finally being revealed by receding floodwater in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Cedar River has dropped more than five feet from its high point Friday. A city spokesman says it will be two to three more days before the river drops enough that water can start being pumped out.

Floodwater has contaminated three of the city's four drinking water wells and residents are being asked to conserve.

The city plans to set up 10 checkpoints where residents will have to show ID and sign in before being allowed to return home to pick up belongings. Houses with severe damage will remain off limits.

In nearby Iowa City, the Iowa River is rising more slowly than expected. But it has already caused major damage to the University of Iowa campus, where more than 20 buildings have taken on water.


Load Comments