How Blessed is He Who Considers the Helpless

By Francis Frangipane

Flood Update:

A number of you asked to be updated concerning flood recovery here, and we greatly appreciate your concern. Until you see the devastation, its really hard to imagine the costs, both financially and emotionally. Estimates to repair the city and prevent future flooding will be well over a billion dollars, and that does not include costs to residents: more than 5,000 homes were damaged or destroyed---and more than 1,000 flood-damaged businesses and industries. Most of the people did not have flood insurance. In the end, the floodwaters covered 1,300 Cedar Rapids city blocks, 9.2 square miles in a city that covers roughly 70 square miles.