The flood waters long ago receded, but the damage remains.
A recent article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette puts the actual number of flood victims in Cedar Rapids at about 12,000, of whom 3,000 were children. A study by the non-profit Iowa Fiscal Partnership found that, “The population hit by the June floods was vastly poorer, more likely to be minorities and renters, and occupied property worth less than three-fourths of the city’s median home value when compared with other Cedar Rapids residents,” according to the Gazette.
Several web sites have sprung up where you can send money.
The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation has started a Flood 2008 fund. Click on the home page link to make a donation by credit card.
CorridorRecovery.org is a not-for-profit partnership between government, civic, business and faith-based organizations. Click on the Donations link for a list of worthwhile organizations where you can send financial help.
RebuildDowntownCR.org is a web site dedicated to resurrection of the Cedar Rapids Downtown District. You’ll find information about downtown businesses recovering from the flood, and photos of the flood.
KCRG-TV has a web site with video clips from their flood coverage. They’ll also start taking orders on August 18 for a DVD and coffee table book that will be released in November. Proceeds go to help flood victims.