- ' **itm Flooding in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, near 1st Stree t and A Avenue. (DON BECKER, USGS) BEHIN D THE SCENES OF THE overtoppings began to occur very underwate r at the height of the IOW A FLOODS early in the event. flooding . The bridges leading to In the months leading up to June Andre a Holz, a hydrologist at th e civic building s on an island in th e North Central River Forecast th e Cedar River were submerged 2008, above-normal rainfall im- pacte d eastern Iowa and a suc- Center (NCRFC), talked to th e Twin an d water rose to the second story Cities chapter in September about of the buildings. The waters also cession of storms brought record amount s of rainfall to large por- the flooding tha t occurred. Holz has cause d a railroad bridge to col- tions of th e region. Wit h the ground worked at the NCRFC for 10 years lapse, sending the mass of steel and iron, as well as railcars loaded with alread y saturated, the rain went and her primar y basins of responsi- directly into rivers and streams as bility are the
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2008
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