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City of Cedar Rapids commemorates 5 year flood anniversary

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

On June 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested at more than 31 feet, impacting some ten square miles of the City of Cedar Rapids.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered on May's Island near downtown to recognize the anniversary.

Many like Northwest Neighborhood Association president Linda Seger reflected on the event that changed the lives of so many.

"Having rows and rows of my neighbors standing with me in disbelief that our homes were under water, our roofs were covered, and just how quickly your life can go from being a regular person to that victim you see on the news," Seger said.

An estimated 5900 residential properties were impacted by 2008's flood.

The event featured the ringing of a bell at 10:15 Thursday morning  to commemorate the time the river crested.

A panel discussed the response that day and the severity of the event that few saw coming.

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