We are experiencing major flooding in the Des Moines area. As bad as it is here, Cedar Rapids is even worse. I helped out last night with the sandbagging effort in Union Park in Des Moines. There is currently an immediate evacuation of residents living in the 500 year flood plan zones, but just learned that was due to some faulty information from the river sensors. Physical measurements show it will only go up two or so more inches. In Pleasant Hill we can see the flooded area from our house pretty well, but are high enough not to be in any danger.
Here is a video from the KCCI helicopter (CBS affiliate) so you can have a bird’s eye view. I will have some video my wife and I shot up later on, but I wanted to post some pictures from some of the news websites which are far better than what I could have taken.