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Four Years Later: Remembering the Flood

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    April 23, 2014 | 3:29 pm
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Wednesday marks four years since the Flood of 2008 crested in Cedar Rapids. The city of Cedar Rapids will mark the exact moment the Cedar River crested 10:15 a.m. with a groundbreaking for a new central fire station at 713 First Ave. E to replace the one ruined by floodwaters. In case you have forgotten, here is a look at the magnitude of the worst natural disaster in Iowa's history:

    -31.12 feet: Cedar River's crest on June 13, 2008.
    -11.12 feet: Level above previous record crest (1851 and 1929).
    -9.36 feet: Level river rose in eight hours the day before crest.
    -14 percent: Amount of city covered by water, totaling 10 square miles or 1,126 city blocks.
    -8 days: time after crest it took Cedar River to drop below flood stage.
    -7,749: Total properties flooded.
    -5,390: Residential properties flooded.
    -1,049: Commercial properties flooded.
    -18,623: Estimated city residents directly impacted by flooding.
    -1,413: Total number of flood structures demolished so far (979 residential, 428 outbuildings, six commercial)
    -2020: Year city expects reconstruction and replacement of all flood-damaged homes and businesses to finish.

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