I live in Des Moines, IA – the town at the confluence of the Des Moines and Racoon rivers. These rivers have a recent history of flooding. In 1993 the Des Moines and the Racoon rivers overflowed their banks and flooded downtown Des Moines as well as Valley Junction in West Des Moines. After 1993 the levees were raised and flood walls were put in the city to help protect low areas.
When you see flooding on TV, it seems sad and horrible. But when you are caught up in the middle of it, it brings on a whole new meaning. One of my co-workers has family in Cedar Rapids – the worst of the flooding in Iowa.
I hope that I never see another 500 year flood. Iowa has now had two of them in 15 years. Hopefully it will be 1000 years before the next one.