Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Flood of '08

Special to the Press-Citizen, Corey Schjoth

You may recall that fifteen years ago (1993) the Midwest had a 500 year flood. Well, the flood of 2008 is said to be even worse! Thanks to all of you who have emailed to ask about my folks.

Our cabin in southeast Iowa sustained damage caused by a falling tree (actually took out two other trees and the picnic table as well). The house in Iowa City is fine, which is more than I can say for the University of Iowa. Among the buildings built along the Iowa River are the library (!), art museum (!!), Hancher Auditorium, the Union, and the English-Philosophy building where I'm supposed to participate in a writer's workshop July 6-11! In total, 19 buildings have some water damage already, and the University of Iowa Hospital has postponed clinics until June 20.
Cabin Damage in Roberts' Park

Currently there is no direct route from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids, a mere 30 miles to the north. The detour takes you 4.5 hours through DES MOINES!

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