Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Iowa River Flood Update 5

Today was another busy day. Parkview continued to function as a distribution center for our neighborhood throughout the day while my staff and I focused on moving out of our facility. The water began rising at a slightly accelerated rate throughout the day.

Here's a picture of this afternoons crew. Another great turn-out.

Trucks like this were continually dumping sand throughout the day.

Here is a picture looking east of our facility. At the top of the photo is Dubuque street, which is now completely flooded.

This picture shows how our parking area is now covered all the way up to our bagging area.

Today the southeast corner of our sandbag wall had first contact with river water.

This is an example of the ingenious engineering that went into channeling our roof drainage outside the sandbag wall.

Today a diesel generator arrived that will power our pumping areas in the event of power outage.

Here is a picture looking into the front entrance of our facility.

This picture shows you our southwest corner where the river current is moving more quickly. On the bottom right of our picture is a very powerful pumping station that will help us to prevent water from entering the building.

Here you can see Rob Smith illustrating how high our water levels are supposed to rise in the days to come. This level will reach within 8-12 inches of the top of our sandbag barrier.

Here is my office now almost completely empty.

In this final picture you see a view to the west of our facility. Taft Speedway is on the left and our parking is now under several feet of water.


Rich Kirkpatrick said...

I have been following your blog on this. I sure hope the best for you guys!

Anonymous said...

UN-BE-LIEVABLE. Praying for you guys. What did you guys do with the Baldwin and the Boston?

Scott Sterner said...

Thanks for the prayers guys. The pianos were all moved to the gym stage. If there is a power outage, the generator will be able to power some form of climate control in that room. If there is a water breach into the building our plan is to build a tent over the pianos and attempt to isolate climate control with dehumidifiers and portable AC units. Lets hope it doesn't come to that!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Praying that you stay dry inside!

Crica said...

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