Iowa Flood and Disaster Recovery - A Live Call-In (September 11, 2008)
Iowa Stuff - What to do about Trash (July 31, 2008)
Flood of 2008: Impact on Children (June 25, 2008)
- Midwest Farm Fields Devastated by Floods
- Battle With Mother Nature Not Over
- Market to Market: Disaster Recovery Call-In
Resources for Parents
When things like floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters happen close to home, children can have a lot of questions -- and a lot of fears. Adults are dealing with the stress and emotions of the difficult situations as well. Below are resources to help -- how to answer difficult questions, what to do to comfort children, and how to help your kids better understand their emotions.
- The experts from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood have advice and tips to talk with kids about tragic events.
- PBS Parents has resources to involve your children in the discussions appropriately, and help answering children's insightful and difficult questions.
- Understanding the Impact of Disasters on the Lives of Children and Youth (PDF file)
- A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
- Videos: Coping with Natural Disaster
For Kids (1) | For Kids (2) | For Parents and Caregivers
Where to Get Help
- The State of Iowa 2008 Flood Resource Center links to many flood-related services, including donation and volunteer links, links to FEMA, State of Iowa, and Business assistance programs, news and road closings, and resources for finding shelters and local and county government agencies.
- Flood safety tips from the Iowa Department of Transportation
- Up-to-date listing of flood-related road closures from the Iowa Department of Transportation
- Iowa Dept. of Public Health reminds Iowans of health concerns with flood water
- Get the latest weather forecast and predictions from the National Weather Service
- Up-to-date map of road closures and traffic information from the Iowa Department of Transportation
- The State Historical Society of Iowa's State Historic Preservation Office offers financial and technical disaster response resources, including information on salvaging and preserving water damaged historical documents.
- The United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency features information about the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) that helps farmers survive a major crop loss.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has information relating to federal disaster assistance.
- Iowa State University Extension provides a collection of resources, ranging from crop and livestock issues to financial, economic development and small business concerns.
Ask the Experts
On Thursday June 19, experts from several organizations answered viewer questions as part of a live hour-long episode of The Iowa Journal.
Select a link below for a summary of selected questions and answers from this live event:
- Government Response
- Health & Safety
- Emotional Healing After a Crisis
- Agricultural Concerns
- Volunteering / How to Help
On Friday June 20, industry experts answered viewer questions about specific agricultural issues on the special Market to Market: Disaster Resources Call-In program.
If your question didn't get answered during our programs, we hope you'll find answers in our list of resources above, under Where To Get Help.
Post your photos of the floods and tornadoes that continue to ravage Iowa to our Flickr group to see them featured below.
Watch current and past coverage of the floods of 2008, the tornado that ravaged Parkersburg, and natural disasters of years past.
In this clip from June 16th, see sand bagging efforts downtown, water being pumped from St. Paul's Lutheran church, and piles of ruined belongings. 09:25
in this clip from June 9th, see community sandbagging efforts on Dubuque Street in Iowa City. 11:17
Dan Wardell stopped in Iowa City and Coralville as part of his Reading Road Trip. While there, he learned that a fun story and a few hugs were just what families in those communities needed. 01:05
In this clip from Friday June 13th see landmarks, bridges, and much of the cities downtown underwater. 06:38
Footage of Cambridge Iowa, during the flood of 2008. 03:47
In this clip take a drive through a flooded residential area and see images of the submerged downtown area. 07:37
Mason City, Winnebago River, and Willow Creek flooding on June 9, 2008. 06:55
Downtown Des Moines bridges closed due to high water. Court Ave. sandbagging efforts. June 11, 2008. 01:21
Iowa City parks, bridges, and streets covered in water. June 11, 2008. 03:13
Flooded streets and sandbagging efforts, downtown Waterloo. June 10, 2008. 07:32
The spillway at Saylorville north of Des Moines on June 6th, 9th, and 13th. The spillway goes from dry to overflowing in just one week. 05:05
In this clip from June 9th, see flood footage from the Raccoon River, Fleur Drive. and Principal Park. 08:46
In this clip see footage of Highway 30 and Highway 14 submerged. 04:58
Here is a video of a house going under the Bridge on highway 99 in Oakville, Iowa (via MIKE7772008 on YouTube) 00:29
Flooding from the Mississippi near the edge of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. 6th Street and River Drive June 16th, 2008. (via richsounds on YouTube) 00:18