13 June 2008

Elkader Floods

Thanks to Shannon at the Clayton County Register for allowing me to post a few pictures.

This first picture is an aerial view of Elkader. The top of the picture towards the left is a camp ground that was completely under water. To the right of that is the baseball fields and city pool. At the center of the picture running from left to right is the Turkey River channel. Below the channel in the picture is several city blocks that were under water. The downtown is located along the river and many businesses and homes were flooded. Residents were evacuated and moved their vehicles to higher groud at the Catholic church. Only the water came up more than expected and even the catholic church flooded.

This second photo is downtown looking up river. This bridge was the only bridge that remained open in many of the nearby towns. I've been crossing this bridge recently to get to work as the route I would typically take has bridges closed. Elkader is a mess but it is a tiny mess in comparison to nearby Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, etc.
To see more pictures of downtown Elkader, check out the Clayton County Register photos they have posted.


Mom said...

Tamara -
I have to ask - where exactly you live - I'm so not trying to stalk you but I live by Guttenberg and if you live near Elkader - well - thats just downright groovy! Just goes to show you how small of a world we live in!

U Can email me if you don't want to post it here - I would love to find out how close u are to me!


Thanks - hope to hear from u soon!

Fantastagirl said...

WOW... amazing isn't it.

One of my cousins in Decorah has lost his house - it got up to the first floor, and the mess is just amazing. The power of the water that comes through is unreal - am so glad you are safe!

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

Absolutely devastating.

We are in the NW corner of the state and one that is not effected by any flooding.

Ashley said...

Incredible. I couldn't imagine being flooded out of my house - what a complete mess!!!