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Flood of 2008 - Video Archive

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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