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Floods of 2008 - 2 years later

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A mad dash was underway in communities across eastern Iowa during early June 2008.

Nearly every community that is near a river or stream sustained damage.  Specifically, sand baggers in Cedar Falls were working to shore up the banks of the Cedar River on June 10th.  The water had already started rising and destroying property in North Cedar.

A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for the downtown of Cedar Falls.

The rising water forced John Deere to evacuate the foundry and service parts facilities on Westfield Avenue in Waterloo.

300 workers in the foundry and 100 more in the parts department were told to leave the building.  Hundreds of people gathered along the banks of the river in downtown Waterloo to watch the record crest.

The spillway at the Coralville Reservoir first let water over it late June 10th 2008.  Several days later, water was gushing all around it as Cedar Rapids was under water and Iowa City was not far behind.

After the water receded, Iowa was left with more than a billion dollars in damage.  39,928 people applied for assistance with FEMA.  The total amount of state and federal assistance approved as of June 2010 is $1.3 billion.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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