Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cedar Rapids hard-hit; thousands lack power, water supply critical |

re: "Cedar Rapids, Ia. — A total of 3,200 homes were flooded, thousands of outages were reported, as many as 18,000 people were at risk of losing power, and dozens of flood-stranded residents were rescued by boat Thursday as Iowa's second-largest city staggered under the surging Cedar River. / Floodwater covered an area equal to 100 city blocks, said Mike Goldberg, Linn County's public information officer. / "Our rough estimate is 9,000 people are displaced because of evacuation," he said. / Much of the city's downtown was affected. The lobby of the Linn County Courthouse was flooded, as were the main police station and fire department..."...

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