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Iowa River Flooding, 2013

Published: 6/12/2013
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By Maddy Butcher Gray

A 70-second video can't do justice to the miles and miles of watery devastation we've witnessed this year along the Iowa River, just north of Iowa City.

At first, it was fun to see ducks, teal, coots, and geese take up residence where mice, rabbits, and coyote had called home. Most of us thought the water would recede in days.

Days turned to weeks. Weeks turned to months.

Check out initial flooding.
Check out 2012-2013 side-by-side comparison.
Check out last year's drought in 3 snapshots.

Now it's a natural disaster with a huge environmental impact, affecting animals and plants at this crucial season of growth, reproduction and movement.

During last year's drought, I felt sorry for robins who eat mostly worms. There were no worms to be found.

This year, it's a bumper crop.

Iowa River Flooding, 2013 from Maddy Butcher Gray on Vimeo.

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