Cedar Rapids Public Library said to be under water

Submitted by rochelle on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 10:52

I was joking with my husband that that's what they get for not hiring me back in 2003 but it really is just very sad. The Czech & Slovak museum especially (which did hire me!!) is going to be quite tragic. Their library had some real treasures in it and I hope they were able to save as much as possible. I hear University of Iowa libraries are evacuating today in anticipation of flooding. I can't even imagine how hard it'd be to know your library's going to flood and trying to decide what to save in the short time you have.

Czech & Slovak Museum picture

A forwarded email from a librarian who now lives in Cedar Rapids, IA, indicates that the Cedar Rapids Public Library is under about 8 ft. of water. In addition to the library, other cultural institutions that have sustained serious damage include the children's museum, the Afro-American Museum, and the National Czech and Slovak Museum. A video of various flooded areas in Cedar Rapids shows the library submerged (around 6:30 in the vid).