Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Iowa Flood Waters

My son and his wife live in Iowa-they are north of Cedar Falls/Waterloo areas in a tiny burg called Nashua, population about 1600. It has certainly turned into an adventure to say the least. Ben sent 4 photos tonight to give you an idea of the depth of the waters.

This was the neighbor's farm. At least the cows found some green area to graze on. I have no idea of the death toll on local animals. The water was at least 11 feet deep when this was taken before the upstream water went thru.

This is Ben's father-in-law's campground. From Memorial Day to Labor Day is the most busy time for them with camping, tubing, all sorts of exotic animals to observe. They had moved this back hoe to what they thought would be high, safe ground. Underestimation by a long shot.

Ben is at the edge of a new river. This one crossed the road between his home and his in-laws.Most of the roads into town were blocked at some point, and a few just re-opened tonight. Just as they issued another tornado watch. Nashua is just northeast of the deadly Parkersburg tornado of a few weeks ago.

This is the water lapping at the registration building for Ben's father-in- law's camp. There is a play area, a fully stocked kitchen and laundry facilities inside for the entire camp. If you would like to see a map of Nashua, click here. He also has some tornado video from yesterday he is trying to upload to You Tube. When it's there, I will update here.

There are still hundreds of thousands without power in Michigan from Saturday's storms, which rolled in before the tornadoes Sunday. Detroit is giving out free ice and water but I think anyone who has gone this long sans power better throw it all out and start over. I have been there (last summer 3 days). And I see another watch was issued for the Midwest as I type and there was a tornado that hit a Boy Scout camp and killed 4 about 8PM. Just incredible.


  1. Oh my goodness! What descruction, that is so bad!

  2. Anonymous4:47 PM

    Do you know if the cat sanctuary, C&W Rustic Hollow Shelter, was impacted; they are in Nashua, IA?


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