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Kurt Warner in St. Louis today raising funds for flood victims July 12, 2008

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From My Fox St. Louis:

Rams Super Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner was back in St. Louis, Saturday, launching an all out “blitz” to help flood victims; asking for help big and small. …

[Lisa] Sinak’s mother lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the same flood ravaged city where Warner grew up; where Warner’s and Sinak’s mothers both became flood victims.

“This is my sister, she lives next to your mom,” Sinak told Warner. …

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‘Founder’s Family Receives Red Cross Help’ July 9, 2008

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From American Red Cross:

When Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross more than 125 years ago, she envisioned Americans organized to help those who had been touched by disaster. …

Three generations of the Sharpe family, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Gwenyth Sharpe (from left), Luke Sharpe, Gary Sharpe and Gary’s sister, Karen Mercer – are proud of a family connection to Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Mercer took in all three generations when their homes were inundated in recent flooding. …

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Militant: ‘Flood cleanup workers fight job agency rip-off’ July 8, 2008

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According to The Militant, socialist newsweekly:

Hundreds of workers hired by a temporary agency here for flood cleanup in Cedar Rapids, 115 miles away, were left stranded with no pay at the end of their assignment. In response a number of the workers assembled in Des Moines at the agency’s parking lot to demand their promised pay. The company locked the doors and called the police to break up the crowd. …

[Mary] Butler said she received one phone call from a worker reporting that 17 Command Center employees were housed in one motel room. They were sleeping in shifts. …

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VIDEO: Council member Brian Fagan takes NBC News on tour of Cedar Rapids July 7, 2008

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From NBC News via WeatherPlus.com (video viewable from this page):

Cedar Rapids, Iowa was among the places hardest hit. City Council member Brian Fagan is in charge of overseeing the city’s recovery.

Fagan recently took NBC News on a tour of his city to show what its up against. …

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Flooded-out, abandoned Cedar Rapids pets adopted in Chicago today July 6, 2008

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From CBS2 Chicago:

VIDEO: Four-legged flood victims seek new owners

When Quincy, Ill. And Cedar Rapids, Iowa were ravaged by floods last month, there was a human toll paid in damaged property and lost homes, but there was also a toll exacted on pets.

“The people that lost their homes, they lost everything – they moved in with family, most of them and they can’t keep their pets,” said PAWS Chicago founder Paula Fasseas. …

“Many people just abandoned dogs and let them loose,” Fasseas said. …

If you think you’d benefit by taking home a flood dog you can do so Sunday from 11-5 p.m. at PAWS Chicago on North Clybourn.

Dog photos and additional details available from PAWS Chicago site, including this Dogs available for adoption page (look for “Iowa Rescue Mission”).

The Chicago Tribune also has an article with video: Dogs, cats from flood-ravaged Midwest find new homes.

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Salon: Scientists argue US Army Corps of Engineers structures contribute to more flooding July 4, 2008

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(Please note: This article is primarily about the Mississippi River.) From Salon:

“There is a widespread pattern of flood levels getting higher and flooding becoming more frequent,” says Nicholas Pinter, a geologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Pinter and colleagues charge that structures built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to aid the shipping industry are contributing to the flooding. They’re calling for the National Academy of Sciences to have oversight over Army Corps river projects, and for the federal agency to refrain from building structures that exacerbate the floods. …

Could submerged, loaded train cars near downtown Cedar Rapids have the same effect as a “wing dike,” mentioned in this article?

One such structure is a wing dike, essentially a big rock wall built perpendicular to the bank to concentrate the flow of water on the other side of the channel. Under flooding conditions, the dike can hasten the height of the water. …

From June 17 Gazette archives:

[National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff] Zogg said it is difficult to determine the role Cedar Rapids’ downtown bridges played in holding back water as the flooding reached and then topped them last week. The bridges likely were “not much of an issue,” he said, at a time when flooding was so extreme and widespread.

One of the downtown bridges — the CRANDIC Railway Co. bridge just downriver from the Eighth Avenue Bridge — collapsed into the river along with a string of hopper cars filled with rock.

Zogg said flood water can “jump” backward when a bridge becomes an impediment, but how much that raises water levels behind the bridge and for what distance is not certain. …

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Methodists share ‘serendipity moments’ from Cedar Rapids flood July 3, 2008

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From United Methodist News Service:

A United Methodist pastor, whose Cedar Rapids church was flooded, discovered that the waters stopped rising right at the foot of the sanctuary cross hanging on the wall, so he “took up his cross” and carried it to safety. …

[In the] Upper Room devotional guide, the Scripture for the day was Isaiah 43:2-3: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; … the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you … For I am the Lord your God … your Savior.” The Scripture’s placement, said [The Rev. Beth] Straw, was not by chance. …

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New York Times: ‘Beloved Pets, Displaced by Floodwaters, Find Temporary Shelter in [Cedar Rapids]’ July 2, 2008

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From the New York Times:

As the situation deteriorated, flood victims, many staying in hotels, shelters or cars, began dropping off pets at the college. Others, who had been forced to flee without their pets, began calling in with pleas for their animals to be rescued. Within days, what had started as a makeshift shelter had grown into a sprawling operation housing nearly 1,000 animals — dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, lizards, even a red-eared slider turtle — in three buildings. …

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NPR Day to Day: ‘What Should Cedar Rapids Look Like?’ July 1, 2008

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Audio from NPR:

What Should Cedar Rapids Look Like? [OPENS NPR’S AUDIO PLAYER]

Day to Day, July 1, 2008 · In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, leaders are looking past mounds of rubble left by the recent flood, searching for reasons to stay and rebuild. Quaker Oats is pledging to remain, but smaller employers aren’t totally committed.

Dean Borg reports for Iowa Public Radio.

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President Bush authorizes disaster public assistance increase from 75 to 90 percent, retroactive July 1, 2008

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From White House release:

Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Iowa

The President today made additional disaster assistance available to the State of Iowa impacted by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on May 25, 2008, and continuing, by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

The President’s major disaster declaration issued for the State on May 27, 2008, initially authorized Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation, and any other forms of assistance under the Stafford Act, subject to the completion of joint Federal, State, and local Preliminary Damage Assessments. Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Other Needs Assistance under Section 408 were authorized at 75 percent Federal funding of total eligible costs.

Under the President’s order today, the Federal share has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program. This adjustment is effective until the respective date at which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service River Forecast Center reports that the rivers in the State of Iowa, which have experienced historical flooding, fall below flood stage.

The increase to 90 percent Federal share is retroactive to the date of the President’s major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FEMA (202) 646-4600.

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