April 26, 2001 |
The Mississippi River crested Wednesday at Davenport, where the levees held and a war of words with the Bush administration's top disaster official quieted--at least for the moment. The river crested early Wednesday alongside this city of nearly 100,000 people at 22.3 feet, shy of the predicted peak of 22.5 feet and below the record crest in 1993 of 22.6 feet.
April 25, 2001 |
Sometime Tuesday, without fanfare or drama, the flooding Mississippi River quietly crested here. After several nervous weeks, the worst had come--and it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. "Maybe it's cresting now," Public Works Director Dee Bruemmer said with a weary smile as she walked along a still-intact sandbag levee at midday. "Maybe it crested a few minutes ago, maybe in a while. Whenever, we're doing pretty good."
April 24, 2001 |
Dozens of other Mississippi River towns learned their lesson 36 years ago. After the devastating flood of '65, they built flood walls. But with the third "100-year" flood in a decade now approaching its crest here, this city of 98,000 still has no riprap levee, no steel gate system, no grass-covered dike protecting it from the rising river. And everywhere Mayor Phillip C. Yerington went Monday, it seemed, people wanted to know why.
July 23, 1999 |
About 1,500 people remained out of their homes as the surging waters of the Cedar River flooded 65 city blocks in Waverly, Iowa. The community was cut in two as the river crested early in the day at just over 21 feet--2 feet higher than the previous record set in 1993. As many as 650 homes and a dozen downtown businesses were affected. No injuries were reported. Electricity in Waverly, a town of 8,500, was shut off and residents were told to lock their doors when they were evacuated.
July 22, 1999 |
Residents began evacuating low-lying areas of the city Wednesday as flooding along the Cedar River reached a record level following a night of torrential rain. There were no immediate estimates on the number of evacuees, but Mayor Jim Erb advised anyone living along the river or nearby Hires Creek to be ready to leave the north-central Iowa town of 8,000 people, about 45 miles northwest of Waterloo.
July 31, 1993 |
Feasting on floodwaters, the Missouri River rose faster and higher on Friday than had been anticipated, its crest skimming the tops of the few levees still standing and quickening the pace toward a fateful rendezvous with the Mississippi River just north of this city of more than 400,000 people. Moving up three feet in 24 hours, the Missouri and two feeder creeks transformed the state capital of Jefferson City into a near-island, cutting off access from the north, east and west.