This flood is devastating my dear Iowa. Above is a photo from Yahoo.com of my Uncle Sam (really!) trying to save his businesses in a warehouse near the Mississippi River. For his mother's funeral on Saturday, he'll probably have to drive hundreds of miles out of his way to circumvent the flooded bridges and roads and safely reach northern Iowa.
This scene is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Did you know that two feet of flood waters can lift a car and carry it away?? Imagine what it takes to lift a two story house.
Also Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I lived here for a few years after college. This level of flooding in that city is unimaginable. The folks of Cedar Rapids are mostly blue collar, and I'm sure none of these homeowners carried flood insurance. Cedar Rapids struggles financially, and I don't know how they are going to recover.