Thursday, June 12, 2008

Flood of '08: A Look at UrRelay

I’m back from my couple hours of sleep. After being up nearly 24 hours thanks to the issues yesterday and today and my job working the overnight yesterday evening, I just had to crash a few hours.

The water levels are still rising in downtown Cedar Rapids and it looks like they expect them to until some time early tomorrow morning. No one really knows for sure as the National Weather Service gauge in Cedar Rapids was wiped away in the middle of the night. However it looks like they were finally able to update it this afternoon on their website. Current river levels are at 29.32 feet in downtown Cedar Rapids. That's five feet over where they expected it to crest last night. The revised predictions look lik the crest isn’t coming until 10 or 11 am tomorrow either, at around 32 feet. That’s over ten past the current record from 1993.

So the situation is far from over.

In related news, I finally have seen a shot of my job downtown. UrRelay is located under a parking garage in downtown Cedar Rapids, or at least it was... This is a shot of the side of the parking garage with both a car and the ramp for reference points.

And here is a shot from a little further away just to give you some idea of the size of all this.

And finally some Youtube video of downtown circa 11 a.m. this morning. You can check it out by clicking on this link. Again thanks to Gazette Online for all these chats.

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