Flash Flooding is Not Funny...Especially the "Debris"!

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Flash Flooding is No Laughing Matter--You Never Know What Kind of "Debris" You Could Find!


Someone has to be the one to lighten the mood.  We suffered round two of severe storms dumping over 6 inches of water in less than 48 hours.  With power out, flash flooding, and straight line winds, you can only imagine the helplessness that we all are feeling.


Whether you were affected by your car floating away in the street, or a tree hit your house and left a hole, or you still don't have power, Iowa is no stranger to severe weather this time of the year.  And the debris....all the branches that are down, people's decks....you name it.  But this type of "debris" may just take the cake!

Storm Damage June 30, 2014 


To lighten the mood, I got to make a call to my out of state seller this morning.  As I was surveying the damage, trees on power lines, no power, flooded basement (about 2 inches), thankfully, all tile flooring so easier to clean than carpet!  I was taking pictures of the raging "creek" that is now a consuming river.  I panned over to a tree that had been snapped in two and saw two cows with bright ear tags staring at me.  We have.....cows....add this to my strange stories in my novel I am writing in my head.  

cows washed in from the flood


If only they could talk and tell me about their journey several miles down the creek.  There is no farm with cows for miles around this area!  Our best assumption is that the fence was removed from the force of the water and they tried to cross and floated downstream to my seller's place.   I called the police department and thankfully, someone had already called looking for their missing cattle... I only know where two are!


You just have to laugh.  Only in real estate, you cannot make these things up!


Keep smiling!



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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Karen,  Could be a interesting book you are writing, let me know as soon as it is for sale.

Jul 01, 2014 07:24 AM #1
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hi Will!  I have definitely had some...uh...challenges...in real estate over the past 10 years.  some cuased by inexperience, others completely out of my control.  Like today's cows that ended up miles from home!  Thank you for reading.

Jul 01, 2014 07:33 AM #2
1~Laura Filip
1~Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
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Great post thank you for sharing we appreciate your blogs have a blessed day.  LAURA FILIP

Jul 01, 2014 08:02 AM #3
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Karen, it would be funny if it wasn't so sad. People are suffering enough today without mother nature adding any additional. Hope things clear up real quick.

Jul 01, 2014 12:23 PM #4
Monte Wall
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, TX
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas

If only they could talk, what a story they would tell. 

Jul 01, 2014 01:06 PM #5
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Oh wow, that's quite a surprise result from the storm.  How far did they moooooooooooove? (Bad joke, I know)

Jul 02, 2014 09:43 AM #6
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