Iowa residents recall 5-year anniversary of flood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Five years have passed since floods ravaged Cedar Rapids, and to many residents the soggy destruction still seems too staggering to comprehend.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that while city leaders point to signs of a rebound, years of work remains to make neighborhoods whole.

Iowa’s second-largest city saw 10 square miles submerged — about 14 percent of the city. The swollen Cedar River crested at 19 feet above flood stage, waterlogging downtown landmarks and low-lying homes.

Doug and Lois Ward owned an A&W restaurant for 30 years and had hoped to rebuild. Later, they relinquished their drive-in to a city buyout. Doug Ward says there’s no use dwelling on the lost business.

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