RAGBRAI Learn about the Land; Day 6, July 2008

(2008) RAGBRAI Learn about the Land; Day 6, July 2008. Natural Resources, Department of

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Today you will be biking over the Iowa and Cedar rivers, two major rivers hit by the Iowa flood of 2008. Three miles northeast of North Liberty you’ll cross the Iowa River. The river crested on June 15, 2008 at a record 31.53 ft., three feet higher than the previous record during the flood of 1993. The flooding river caused extensive damage to the University of Iowa (see cover photo of Iowa Memorial Union taken by Univ. Relations, Univ. of Iowa), Coralville, and numerous smaller towns. The flooding of the Cedar River, which RAGBRAI will cross at Sutliff, caused even greater damage. At Cedar Rapids, the 2008 flood crest of 31.12 ft. was over 11 ft. higher than the previous record set in 1851! This massive amount of water inundated downtown Cedar Rapids, Palo, and Columbus Junction and caused massive damage to buildings and infrastructure. When crossing the Cedar River at Sutliff, be sure to look to your right to see the remains of the Historic Sutliff Bridge, one of the many casualties of the Iowa flood of 2008.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: RAGBRAI, DNR, Landscape
Subjects: State government > State agencies
Recreation and tourism
Land use, development, and construction > Land use planning
ID Code: 6469
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2008 18:54
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2008 18:54
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/6469

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