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Communities plan flood anniversary events


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The communities of Vinton, Waverly, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are all hosting special events over the next two weeks to commemorate the one-year anniversaries of the devastating floods of 2008.

Activities hosted by the communities include the premiere of a disaster documentary as well as community picnics, commemoration ceremonies and music.


Vinton - June 6 and June 13: The feature-length film "24.7, The Vinton Area Flood of 2008" which highlights last summer's flooding in Vinton, will premiere at 2 p.m. on June 6 at the Palace Theater in Vinton. The film, which includes interviews with people affected by the flood, as well as officials and emergency management personnel, was produced by Vinton resident Brian Larkin and former Vinton resident Kirk Monson. In addition, a music video of the community's disaster will be shown. Tickets to the premiere are $8, with all proceeds going to the Benton County Disaster Relief Coalition. Following the premiere, DVD's of the film will be available for purchase, with half the money raised going to the Coalition.

On June 13, Benton County is planning a commemorative event from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Benton County Courthouse lawn in Vinton.  For more information, contact Nancy Farmer at (319) 472-6360 or by e-mail at

Cedar Rapids - June 11-14: Cedar Rapids is hosting three days of flood commemoration activities during the community's RIVERenaissance celebration. Cedar Rapids was one of the hardest hit communities during the Floods of 2008, with the city suffering several billion dollars in damage. For more details on the Cedar Rapids' commemoration activities, visit

Thursday, June 11

  • 5 to 7 p.m. - Picnic in Ellis Park
  • 7:30 p.m. - MVP Documentary "Resilience: the Spirit of Humanity" Premier/Time Capsule Ceremonyat the US Cellular Center
  • 7 p.m. - Mass at Immaculate Conception Church: Archbishop Jerome Hanus will preside at a Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at the corner of Third Avenue and 10th Street S.E. The Cedar Rapids Catholic community will gather to note the one-year anniversary of the flood. Anyone affected in any way by the June 2008 flood is invited to participate. People of all faiths are welcome. A social with refreshments will follow in the lower level of the church.

Friday, June 12

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Cedar Rapids Public Library, downtown Branch, will hold its opening day at the Armstrong Center.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "Sweet Reunion in Greene Square Park":Attendees may purchase a brownbag lunch from a downtown eating establishment and thenenjoy a free dessert in the park and live musical entertainment.

Saturday, June 13

  • 10 a.m. - Flood commemoration ceremony at Sunner Park, 505 First St. S.W. in Cedar Rapids
  • Noon to 10 p.m. - "Floodstock Concert Event in Greene Square Park": Floodstock is a fundraiser that will recognize flood impacted areas in the Cedar Rapids community through activities and musical entertainment.
  • 11 a.m. - Interfaith Worship Service in front of the First Presbyterian Church, 310 Fifth St. SE in Cedar Rapids.

Sunday, June 14

  • 4:30 p.m. - "Serve the City Faith Night" at Kernels Stadium

Waverly - June 13 

Waverly's commemoration event is from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 13. Events will include dignitary visits, refreshments, a prayer service and rededication of a local park and playground equipment. Specific times for events will be announced soon.

Idyllwild, an Iowa City neighborhood - June 13

The Idyllwild neighborhood in Iowa City will host a community event at 3 p.m. on June 13 at Idyllwild Plaza. Idyllwild Plaza is located on the Pentire Circle in the Idyllwild neighborhood. The Association will provide food and non-alcoholic drinks. The Idyllwild community is located off Foster Road in Iowa City. For more information on commemoration plans, contact Sally Cline at (319) 331-0270.

Iowa City, Dam to Downtown 10k Run - June 13

The Greater Iowa City Area Dollars for Scholars organization is holding a run at 8 a.m. on June 13 with proceeds going toward scholarships for Greater Iowa City area students moving onto secondary education. A portion of the profits will be designated to scholarships for those students directly affected by the flood. The race begins at the Coralville dam and finishes at College Green Park in Iowa City.  For more information, contact Monte Marti at (319) 361-7692.

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