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City Under Water: Cedar Rapids' Flood of 2008 (2009)

On June 10th, 2008, the rain over Cedar Rapids seemed endless and city employees were getting nervous the Cedar River, which runs straight through the center of town, would burst its banks.... See full summary »

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On June 10th, 2008, the rain over Cedar Rapids seemed endless and city employees were getting nervous the Cedar River, which runs straight through the center of town, would burst its banks. Just two days later, on June 12, water levels in the river went up by over 9 feet in just 8 hours. Entire areas of Cedar Rapids floated under 31 feet of water for almost a week. More than 5000 homes were virtually destroyed. The entire downtown area - restaurants, stores, theaters and offices - were indiscriminately savaged by water that contained farm pesticides, sewage waste and refuse. Almost all of Cedar Rapids' water wells were knocked out and their sewage treatment plant was laid to waste. With thousands of people displaced and hundreds of businesses closed, what does a proud city in the Heartland - whose people are used to being self-reliant - do to recover? City Under Water takes a year-in-the-life look at the people whose entire lives were turned upside down and finds out how they cope ... Written by Tracy Ullman

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12 June 2009 (USA)  »

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