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Iowa Under Water

by Sarah Handel
Jun 16, 2008

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Here at Talk, we're having a hard time figuring out how to address the floods in the Midwest. We did this segment last week, and heard from listeners like Ellen, who described a basement so full of water it burst the foundation; and Charlie, who reported "several car dealerships lost their entire inventories just to softball-sized hail last week." And it's still not getting any better. Iowa's been particularly hard-hit, and somewhere in the middle of my somewhat passive consumption of the story, something hit me: a good friend of mine hails from there, and while she's safely tucked away in the U.K., her family still calls Iowa home. Of course, as soon as I fully realized that, I wanted to send an email, but it's sort of a strange one to send... I finally decided to be brief, and I hope to hear back from her soon with good news. In the meantime, I'm checking out the Flickr photo groups established to document the water, citizen-journalism style — Iowa Floods of 2008, Iowa City/Coralville Flood 2008, and another from Cedar Rapids. Maybe there's another Talk segment on this in the future, but for now, letting the photographs tell the story just feels right.

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