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Tonight at 10: Un-Natural Disasters +5: Cedar Valley

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Wednesday on the KWWL News at 10, Un-Natural Disasters +5 continues with our coverage about how the floods impacted the Cedar Valley in 2008. Wednesday on the KWWL News at 10, Un-Natural Disasters +5 continues with our coverage about how the floods impacted the Cedar Valley in 2008.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

In 2008, about 500 homes in Cedar Falls were damaged by floodwaters.  Now, city officials say it's good homeowners are prepared, and their towns will also be better prepared for Mother Nature in the future.

"A lot of houses, if you drive around and look at them, they're about one floor up," said Cedar Falls Mayor Jon Crews. "So there is just maybe a garage or dirt build-up. So a lot of people have chosen to stay and some said, 'Hey I'll take the risk.'"

In Waterloo, the Cedar River crested at a little over 27 feet.

Tim Hurley, Waterloo's mayor during the 2008 flood, credits the city's levee system for saving much of Waterloo.

"While there's a lot of damage on the near east and the near west side, and a lot of heartache and a lot of business loss, we weren't anywhere near like our good friends and fellow Iowans in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City," Hurley said. "The levee really saved Waterloo."

Wednesday on the KWWL News at 10, Un-Natural Disasters +5 continues with our coverage about how the floods impacted the Cedar Valley in 2008.

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