Last Updated: 2008-06-26 02:15:42 UTC
by Deborah Hale (Version: 1)
Well a month has passed since my State - the wonderful State of
It just so happens that I was in
I finally was able to get in touch with them last week. I asked them how they had faired the flood and they said they hadn't faired well. They were advised to move out of their facility so they began moving things to higher ground, employee’s homes, etc. He said that their building ended up under water. He said that the first floor was completely under water and that they had about 1.5 feet of water in the office area on the second floor. Now I want you all to close your eyes, and picture a building in your city that is 4 or 5 stories tall. Imagine that building (with high ceilings) completely under water to the 2nd floor. We have a building here in the city that I live in that is almost identical to the bank building in
We don’t have a final accounting of the financial costs to the state and it may be a long time before we know for sure. However, the news tonight indicated that the loss expected just to the corn and soy crops is estimated to be 3 billion dollars. Add to this the loss of resources, possessions, businesses and homes and you would think that the great people of
So why am I including this in the diary at the Internet Storm Center? Really for 2 reasons, one to update those who have asked, those who are concerned. The second reason is to remind everyone, it is not “IF it happens - it is WHEN it happens". Your business may never face the magnitude of destruction that we are dealing with, but without a plan, any destruction can mean the end of your business. Plan for the future - how will your business go on, how will you continue to operate, where will they operate, and what resources will be needed.
If you would like to see photo’s or find out more information about what we are doing and how our recovery is going, check out our websites at http://flood2008.iowa.gov/ and http://www.safeguardiowa.org/. You will find information about our recovery efforts.
To my fellow Iowans I say “I am proud of all of you, proud of your resiliency and your determination”. We will rebuild, and we will recover and be stronger and closer for having been here.