This past thursday I flew in to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, knowing full well that the floods were ravaging the state. Earlier that day I had heard my hometown of Cedar Falls, IA (same river flows through) mentioned on Fox News so I knew it was as bad as everyone was telling me. We drove right through downtown Cedar Rapids and saw familiar buildings like the Five Season Center and the Quaker Oats factory standing in the middle of a river. There were houses whose doorbells were well under water, tops of cars barely showing, childrens toys floating by the tops of street signs. It was a crazy sight to see.
When I planned to come to town this week, I had no idea I would be around witness this.
83 of Iowa's 99 counties have been declared disaster areas.
It's estimated that 20 percent of Iowa grain crops have been claimed by floods.
over 25,000 people in Cedar Rapids alone are displaced from their homes.
Since the beginning of 2008 my home state of Iowa has seen record snow fall, record tornado's and now, record flood waters.
The recovery efforts after a disaster like this will take years.
Please pray for Iowa!