Floodwaters of the Cedar River rise around the Linn County Courthouse and City Hall as the river nears its crest in Cedar Rapids shortly before noon on Friday, June 13, 2008. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Wednesday marks four years since the Flood of 2008 crested in Cedar Rapids. The city of Cedar Rapids will mark the exact moment the Cedar River crested — 10:15 a.m. — with a groundbreaking for a new central fire station at 713 First Ave. E to replace the one ruined by floodwaters. In case you have forgotten, here is a look at the magnitude of the worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history:
- 31.12 feet: Cedar River’s crest on June 13, 2008.
- 11.12 feet: Level above previous record crest (1851 and 1929).
- 9.36 feet: Level river rose in eight hours the day before crest.
- 14 percent: Amount of city covered by water, totaling 10 square miles or 1,126 city blocks.
- 8 days: time after crest it took Cedar River to drop below flood stage.
- 7,749: Total properties flooded.
- 5,390: Residential properties flooded.
- 1,049: Commercial properties flooded.
- 18,623: Estimated city residents directly impacted by flooding.
- 1,413: Total number of flood structures demolished so far (979 residential, 428 outbuildings, six commercial)
- 2020: Year city expects reconstruction and replacement of all flood-damaged homes and businesses to finish.
Curated by Adam Carros, Terry Coyle and Jim Riley/The Gazette
Sources: National Weather Service/City of Cedar Rapids