The 1,000-Year Flood Destruction, Loss, Rescue, and Redemption along the Mississippi River

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-08-03
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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Every year, flooding wreaks havoc across much of the Midwest. But the floods of 2008 were on a scale unlike anything seen in generations. From Minnesota to Missouri, Illinois to Iowa, the thousand year floods of 2008 - as some climatologists called them - caused tens of billions of dollars of damage. The human stories associated with this epic event that affected the Mississippi River and its tributaries are riveting. The 1,000-Year Flood is a powerful tale of heroism, of heart-wrenching loss, and of hope. Looking at the epic events of the summer of 2008 - and, in particular, at the devastated city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and its will to rebuild - Stephen Lyons weaves a compelling and inspiring narrative set against the backdrop of a millennium of natural disasters in the region. He asks: What does the flooding mean for residents who face it year after year? Are the affected areas ignored because they're fly-over states?

Author Biography

Stephen J. Lyons is the author of A View from the Inland Northwest: Everyday Life in America (Lyons). A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he has published articles, reviews, essays, and poems in numerous publications, and is a regular contributor to the Writers on The Range syndication service at High Country News, sent to eighty newspapers across the West. He lives in Monticello, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
The Weather That Led to the Floodsp. 1
The Flood Itselfp. 15
River Cleanupp. 30
A Young Leader Emergesp. 41
Mental Health Issuesp. 59
˘Economic Cleansing÷-An Activist Is Bornp. 72
Saving Water Well #3p. 94
The Diamond V Storyp. 107
Czech Villagep. 122
Troy and Beverly Simonp. 147
Reality Settles Inp. 159
Epilogue: More Than Ever, I Love This Hurting Cityp. 179
Appendix: Flood Statisticsp. 197
With Gratitudep. 201
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 224
About the Authorp. 230
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