I received the following message early Sunday morning, June 15, 2008 (Central Time):
Dear Valued Member,
The situation in Cedar Rapids has reached levels never before thought possible. The flood waters surged past the 500-year flood line yesterday and continued to rise to catastrophic levels. A large portion of the downtown area is underwater and will continue to be so until the waters recede.
As we mentioned in yesterday’s email, the infrastructure of our digital archives is kept downtown. While the servers are several stories above ground and are safe from the waters, power is and will be indefinitely out. Trucks with fuel for generators cannot get downtown, leaving us without even backup power in that building.
We want to assure all of our members that everything that makes our website and microfilm business possible is completely safe. Besides our servers being on high and dry ground, our physical newspaper microfilm and papers are all kept in our Heritage Microfilm building, several miles from the river.
We ask that your thoughts be with the thousands of displaced residents, including many of our employees, as we work through these trying times.
We will send occasional updates to keep you informed of the situation.
Thank you for your understanding,
The NewspaperArchive.com Team
To read more about the historic flood in Eastern Iowa, please visit the website of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, our local paper and one of our publishing partners:
June 15, 2008 Sunday at 5:44 am