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Ames floods

Geoff Wood

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The flooding in Ames this week has been quite simply amazing. It was captivating yesterday to follow the updates from friends and connections in town on Twitter and Facebook, as they sent information on road closures and pictures of the damage.

Image by @IowaStateUNews on TwitterSquaw Creek, the waterway that runs along University Boulevard (formerly Elwood Dr), left its banks on Tuesday and soon overtook everything from the intersection with Lincoln Way, to the soccer fields, to Iowa State Center (the fancy name for the performance, meeting, and sports competition space anchored by Hilton Coliseum). The only landmark in the area left unscathed, through the advantage of elevation and the literal sand-bagging of our football team, was Jack Trice Stadium and the associated football complex. 

The flooding of Hilton Coliseum is draws a lot of the attention. I remember in the floods of 1993 that water was up to the hoops inside of Hilton. This time, the hoops were in storage since the floor was configured for volleyball. Said floor, complete with volleyball net, was captured in the image below floating in one piece in about ten feet of water. Simply amazing.

My thoughts are with everyone who's been affected by the storms this summer.

Image by Rodney White/The Register