Cedar Rapids Flood – Running Tour 15 Months Later – Day 2

Yesterday, I arrived in Cedar Rapids and decided to run a first leg of the Cedar Rapids flood driving tour and made it from Point A-I. Early this morning, I got up to run the remaining Points J-Q.

This morning’s jaunt was a bit longer and more humbling. Yesterday’s run had remnants of homeowners rebuilding their houses waiving at me as I ran by. This morning’s run was virtually vacant. It was in southern downtown and west in the Taylor neighborhood which still smelled like flood – 15 months later.

A couple blocks from my hotel I found an unknown checkpoint at a barber shop.

Barber Shop

Barber Shop

From there, it was to southern downtown to Point J, the Legion Arts Building which had 11 feet of water.

CSPS - Legion Arts Building

CSPS - Legion Arts Building

Across the street, a gutted out House.

House by Legion Arts Building

House by Legion Arts Building

From there, it was about a 6 block run to Point K – St. Wenceslaus Church. There was complete damage to the basement and some on the main floor. It appears to be back up for services.

St. Wenceslaus Church

St. Wenceslaus Church

Across the street? Not so pretty with a row of vacant, gutted homes.

Gutted Out Homes

Gutted Out Homes

Point L was next at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library where the water reached 8 feet. It appears to now be functional.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

A view of the Czech Village from the north. About half the business appear to still be vacant.

Chech Village

Chech Village

Another Czech Village view from the south.

Czech Village

Czech Village

Here’s a vacant, gutted out house in the Czech Village.

Gutted Out House In Czech Village

Gutted Out House In Czech Village

Point M says it all. Total gutted out home for this Cedar Rapids resident.

Point M - Another Gutted House

Point M - Another Gutted House

Near there is a Flying Wienie Chicago Dogs shop. People really seem to like it. I don’t know if it is open or not.

FlyingWienie

I couldn’t find Point N, but a house nearby has a message.

Keep Off Yard

Keep Off Yard

A couple blocks from there, a family is trying to rebuild their home. No one is picking up the trash on their boulevard.

Trash on Blvd

Trash on Blvd

Point O is the Linn County Administration Building. It doesn’t look damaged although they still have temporary headquarters elsewhere.

Linn County Administration Building

Linn County Administration Building

Between the next check point, a couple of drunken tweens still up from the night before were looking for 40 ounce beers. I did not have one on me. I’m not against a bad 40, but don’t prefer to carry one when I run.

Near there, a particular home has a message.

Cedar Rapids - Forgotten City

Cedar Rapids - Forgotten City

I got lost for a bit but then found Point P which is Taylor Elementary School which received 3 feet of water. This is a good 7 blocks from the river.

Taylor Elementary School

Taylor Elementary School

Point Q was the last on the list. The Cedar Rapids Community School District still have temporary locations.

Cedar Rapids Community School District

Cedar Rapids Community School District

On the way back to the hotel, I noticed an official driving tour sign at the Veterans Memorial building.

Driving Tour Point at the Veteran's Memorial

Driving Tour Point at the Veteran's Memorial

Back to the hotel, there were plenty of these signs.

Rebuild Downtown Cedar Rapids

Rebuild Downtown Cedar Rapids

These two days of running was somber and it allowed me to truly appreciate the city. For readers in Minnesota, Cedar Rapids is not much different than a Rochester or St. Cloud which has rivers within it. The biggest difference is that Cedar Rapids is larger.

These pictures alone doesn’t do justice. You’d have to be there.

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2 Responses to Cedar Rapids Flood – Running Tour 15 Months Later – Day 2

  1. Barb Prindle says:

    i know what ya mean about seeing it in person. i was in new orleans after katrina and it just blew my mind. these pics remind me a bit of that. good for you for doing the run!

  2. Paul Jahn says:

    i didn’t know you visited New Orleans. that was 10 times worse I’m sure. it is so weird seeing it in person even though it’s been over a year.

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