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Flooding in Cedar Rapids, IA
My heart is going out to the people in Iowa right now!  I just watched a CNN video on the river flooding that is occurring in Cedar Rapids.  I grew up in Iowa about three hours north of there, where my parents still live. 

My parents just finished laying new carpet and putting down hardwood floors a few months ago, and 5 days ago water starting seeping into their basement.  They don't have a sump pump, so they have been running shop vacs around the clock to try to pick up as much as they can.  They called their insurance company and this is considered "flood damage", which most people aren't insured for in the area.  So nothing is covered.  The town isn't totally flooded like other areas, but the ground is just so saturated. 
Obviously this is a pain for them to keep getting up at all hours of the night to go empty the shop vacs, but now seeing what is happening in Cedar Rapids, it is just an inconvenience compared to the fact that a lot of people are going to lose their homes. 
I remember the last flood like this that happened in Iowa right before ... more

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