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TODAY: Ceremonies in Cedar Rapids to reflect on 2008 floods

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Ten years ago today, an eastern Iowa city was essentially underwater. Cedar Rapids had record levels of flooding.

The Cedar River crested at 31.1 feet. That's almost 20 feet above flood stage. It caused catastrophic damage, costing the state millions of dollars in damage. Several homes were destroyed. 

It's a day many eastern Iowans will probably never forget, as they came together to rebuild. 

Today there are several events in Cedar Rapids reflecting on how the floods  forever shaped the city. 

First, Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids will be celebrating, 'Mercy's Resurgence from the floods of 2008.' They'll be reflecting on how the flood helped shape the hospital. This celebration will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. It will be at Mercy Medical Center - Lundy Pavilion (ground floor).

Second, there will be a dedication ceremony at the new Northwest Gateway & Memorial Plaza. This is happening at 2:00 p.m., at O Avenue NW and 6th Street NW.  The ceremony will include the dedication of the privately-funded West Side Rising sculpture. This sculpture shows the "ghost images" of homes that once stood, but were destroyed in the floods. 

Third, there will also be an Epic Rebirth Celebration at 4:30 p.m. This will be at the Vet's Memorial Building. 

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