Posted on 09/30/2016 at 04:09 PM by Dena Boelter
IT Manager Mike Johnson and Road Service Administrator Jake Brummer both devoted much of their time this past weekend to flood relief efforts in the Cedar Rapids area. This is what they had to say about their experience:
Mike: The flooding that hit Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas this past week has been a challenging situation. However, the way the Cedar Rapids community has come together has been truly amazing. The flood of 2008 still seemed to be at the forefront of many people’s thoughts. Jake and I both helped as much as we could with flood preparation – mainly by gathering and delivering sandbags. Everyone we delivered to was very grateful, and the amount of assistance being given was overwhelming.
Jake: People helped in every way possible. Facebook groups, CR Flood Help 2016, and Cedar Rapids Flood Help were formed, and we got requests for sandbags from people who needed them. Several people, including my brother Josh, worked together to moderate the group posts, coordinate assistance, and locate resources.
Mike: At one house, the homeowner had recently undergone quadruple bypass surgery, and was unable to move the bags we were delivering. I remembered a post from someone online that had offered to help stack bags. I responded and asked for his assistance, and help arrived in about 5 minutes. I drove back by the same house later, and it looked like they got the help they needed.
Jake: I assisted as much as I could throughout the weekend. On Monday, when the water rose most drastically, I decided to continue to help. The situation in certain areas became desperate, as roads went under water very quickly. At one point on 1st Street, the water reached my truck’s floorboards. We were shin-deep in water, trying to contain its rapid advance. The teamwork and the overall genuine empathy for those in need was something I will never forget. Even though the river did not crest at the stage that was predicted and prepared for, we are very proud of how our community, and many others from outside our community, were able to work together to make the best out of a bad situation.