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Flood of 2008 - Video Archive

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    April 27, 2014 | 6:35 am
    During the Flood of 2008, KCRG-TV9 documented the unbelievable events. We have a HUGE amount of video and we've made it available to you below.




     KCRG-TV9 Minute-by-Minute Coverage

    KCRG-TV9 Coverage by County

     Tuesday, June 10

    Black Hawk County

    Wednesday, June 11

    Butler County

    Thursday, June 12

    Dubuque County

    Friday, June 13

    Johnson County 

    Saturday, June 14

    Jones County

    Sunday, June 15

    Linn County

    Monday, June 16

    Tama County 

    Tuesday, June 17




    Wednesday, June 4:
    Coralville Lake officials warn that water could overtake spillway, boost outflow
    UI evacuates Mayflower Residence Hall
    Sandbagging underway in Iowa City, Coralville

    Thursday, June 5:
    Iowa City, Coralville neighborhoods take floodwater
    Dubuque Street closed

    Friday, June 6:
    Local officials say 1993 flood levels expected

    Sunday, June 8: 
    Iowa River surpasses flood stage of 22 feet

    Monday, June 9: 
    Cedar River predicted crest: 20 feet in Cedar Rapids
    Johnson County officials say 500-year flood now expected

    Tuesday, June 10:
    (watch June 10th video)
    CR braces for flood, sandbagging, building dirt levees
    Flyers passed out in CR Neighborhoods warning people to prepare for possible evacuations
    Coralville Lake goes over spillway in evening, floodgates opened wide
    Iowa River predicted crest at 30.5 feet in Iowa City
    Coralville Lake predicted crest at 715.7 feet above sea level
    Evacuations ordered in Cedar Falls downtown area
    Evacuations ordered in Waterloo downtown area
    Railroad Bridge in Waterloo Collapses
    218 is closed south of Waverly
    Evacuations ordered in Vinton
    Palo Voluntary Evacuation at 4:00pm
    Cedar Falls mandatory evacuations begin
    Vinton evacuates
    Coralville Reservoir tops emergency spillway

    Wednesday, June 11: (watch June 11th video)
    Cedar River predicted crest at 24.7 feet in Cedar Rapids    
    Pumps fail in Southwest Cedar Rapids
    Water Begins coming up through storm sewers in CR
    Cedar River crest forecast gauge fails
    Mandatory evacuations begin in the early morning hours for SW CR neighborhoods
    Downtown bridges close in evening
    Mandatory evacuation ordered for 500-year flood plane in CR
    Iowa River predicted crest at 30.9 feet in Iowa City
    Travel discouraged in downtown Waterloo
    Water Begins coming up through storm sewers in Cedar Rapids
    Osborn Park Area mandatory Evacuation -5:30 am
    South Dubuque Street Exit Closed (7:25pm)
    16th Avenue Bridge closes in Cedar Rapids
    Mandatory evacuations continue in Waterloo
    Chelsea evacuates (11:00am)
    Cedar Falls reports the river is falling (noon)
    Waterloo reports Cedar River is cresting (noon)
    Cedar County announces voluntary evacuations along Cedar River
    Mandatory evacuation for the entire City of Palo
    CR announces fears of a 500-year-flood crest (2:00pm)
    1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue, & 8th Avenue Bridges Close in Cedar Rapids
    Culver visits Cedar Rapids
    Mandatory Evacuation of all people in the 500-Year-flood-plain in Cedar Rapids (2:15pm)
    KCRG-TV9 begins continuous coverage (2:50pm)
    Benton County Jail surrounded by water
    Vinton loses power around 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
    Inmates help sandbag jail in Vinton
    500 homes and businesses flooded in Waverly
    1000 without power in Waverly
    St. Luke's and Mercy prepare for flood related injuries (3:30 p.m.)
    Exit ramps in Cedar Rapids closed (3:30 p.m.)
    Linn County boil order issued for people with flooded private wells
    Water expected to spill over Coralville Res spillway for at least a week
    Cedar Rapids Animal Control evacuated (4:00 p.m.)
    FEMA representative arrives in Cedar Rapids
    Police begin to block off neighborhoods and main roads in Cedar Rapids
    Coralville Reservoir ups output to 33,000 Cubic Feed Per Second

    Thursday, June 12: (watch June 12th video)
    Heavy rains produce flash floods in Cedar Rapids
    Predicted crest in Cedar Rapids now 32 feet
    8,000 evacuated in Cedar Rapids, including Quaker, jail, downtown
    May’s Island, downtown CR, neighborhoods inundated
    Volunteers sandbag, and help save, CR’s last water well
    Thousands, including downtown CR, without power
    2 Red Cross emergency shelters open in Linn County
    National Guard arrives in Cedar Rapids
    Mercy Medical Center in CR evacuated overnight
    I-380 restricted one lane through Cedar Rapids
    Iowa City’s Parkview Terrace neighborhood evacuated in middle of night
    Evacuations later in day at Iowa City's Idyllwild neighborhood, Gilbert Street business area
    Coralville’s Edgewater Drive neighborhood evacuated
    Breach in CRANDIC rail bed sends Iowa River onto Coralville strip

    Friday, June 13: (watch June 13th video)
    Cedar crests at 31.1 feet in CR at 10:15 a.m., almost 20 feet above flood stage                    
    25,000 evacuated, including Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids
    Water use limited to drinking in Cear Rapids
    Interstate 380 closes at Iowa River bridge
    U.S. Coast Guard arrives in Cedar Rapids
    Coralville’s Fourth Avenue neighborhood evacuated
    UI abandons non-essential operations, including classes; evacuates flood-prone buildings
    Iowa River passes 28.52-foot record, predicted crest: 33 feet
    Johnson County Administration Building closed

    Saturday, June 14: (watch June 14th video)
    Linn and Johnson counties declared federal disaster areas
    Coralville Lake level passes record of 716.71 feet above sea level
    Huge volunteer sandbag effort at UI, Iowa City, Coralville
    Nighttime curfew imposed for floodwater area in Iowa City/Coralville

    Sunday, June 15: (watch June 15th video)
    Strike teams begin entering flooded Cedar Rapids neighborhoods to determine safety
    Tempers flare when CR residents denied entry to their neighborhoods
    Cedar River River falls to 24.3 feet in CR -- still higher than any previous flood
    Iowa River crests earlier than expected at 31.5 feet
    Coralville Lake crests at 716.97 feet above sea level
    UI officials reveal that Hancher Auditorium, among other buildings, took big hit

    Monday, June 16: (watch June 16th video)
    Cedar Rapids' City Hall moves to AEGON; city and county offices go to Westdale; courts move to Kirkwood
    I-80 reopens at Cedar River

    Tuesday, June 17: (watch June 17th video)
    I-380 reopens

    Wednesday, June 18:
    Four downtown bridges reopen in Cedar Rapids
    Cedar Rapids City Council sets up contractor certification system, hears pleas for buyouts

    Thursday, June 19:
    President Bush visits flooded areas in Iowa City Midwest swing

    Friday, June 20:
    Water restrictions lifted except for industry in Cedar Rapids

    Saturday, June 21:
    Cedar River drops below 12-foot flood stage for first time since June 2 in Cedar Rapids

    Tuesday, June 24:
    Water stops going over Coralville Lake spillway

    Wednesday, June 25:
    2,000 homes likely to be razed, city of Cedar Rapids says

    Monday, June 30:
    Power restoration begins in downtown Cedar Rapids
    Iowa City Council agrees to explore buyouts

    Tuesday, July 1:
    Coralville City Council expresses interest in buyouts, vote pending

    Wednesday, July 2:
    First FEMA mobile homes arrive in Cedar Rapids for temporary housing

    Monday, July 7:
    City cautions homeowners not to count on FEMA buyouts
    Iowa River falls below flood stage in Johnson County

    Wednesday, July 9:
    Red Cross closes one emergency shelter; local agencies take over other one in Cedar Rapids
    Dubuque Street reopens in Iowa City

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