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Czech & Slovak Museum exhibit remembers 2008 flooding

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"Rising Above: The Story of the People and the Flood," an exhibit showing why the Czechs came to Cedar Rapids and how the floods affected the people, will open to the public Wednesday and will be free.

The display is at the Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, one of the many buildings affected by the flooding of 2008.

 "We couldn't be a museum anymore. How can we use it? How can we save it? This was the most creative and economically feasible and smart move we could make,"  Gail Naughton, National Czech & Slovak Museum president and CEO, said.

Most of Eastern Iowa was devastated that year due to the rising Cedar River. The Cedar River finally crested at 19.12 feet above flood stage level.

When museum officials finally had the chance to get into the museum, they say they knew they had their work cut out for them.

There were a lot of items not damaged, , but some of the artifacts needed to be brought to conservators.

Those items are all back now and as the museum is now on its new foundation after construction crews moved it inch by inch.

The folks at the Czech and Slovak Museum said this isn't just their history, but it's Cedar Rapids' history too.

"Rising Above: The Story of the People and the Flood" will run until July 13.

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