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That walkway? Pretty much under water right now ...

As anyone at the Weekly (or anywhere in my life) could tell EW! A Blog readers, I'm kind of obsessed with the flooding in Iowa City right now. I lived there for seven years, and I consider it my hometown. (Sorry, Kansas City.)

The Des Moines Register is doing the best job of staying up to date with flooding around the state, including Iowa City, but if you're interested, also check out the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Daily Iowan and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Um, just sayin'. If you're interested.

So yes, I'm obesessed ... and pretty heartbroken. Thousands of volunteers couldn't keep the water away from the buildings where I spent most of my (first, formative) grad school life. Library. English-Philosophy Building. Iowa Memorial Union. Art Building. UI Museum of Art. Hancher Auditorium. Theater. Music Building.

Credit to Brian Ray at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. That's the Museum of Art from across the river. Usually, there are banks, sidewalks, benches, berms and bridges. Not so much right now.

Some big new housing developments and a huge evangelical church, idiotically built in the flood plain after the "100-year flood" (they're calling this one a 500-year flood) of 1993, are flooded. Not caring about those so much.

But everything else ... the homes ... the dorms ... City Park ... the Shakespeare Festival home ... it's just painful to watch. And I can't sandbag from 2,000 miles away.

So I started giving money. Anyone else wanting to give, here are some links (I KNOW there are a lot of former Midwesterners in Eugene and environs. After all, we're escaping the damn summers and winters, no?):

  • Iowa City animal shelter (which has evacuated to the Fairgrounds and has a huge number of new animals thanks to the flooding)
  • Cedar Rapids Humane Society, which, along with the Cedar Rapids Animal Control, had to rescue thousands of animals when a levee breached while people were at work and couldn't get out or get their own animals out.

Just some ideas as we finally enjoy our beautiful weather. God, Oregon's beautiful today, isn't it?!

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