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Missouri River Flooding

Hamburg, Iowa - June 2011

In June, 2011 the Missouri River flooded out numerous towns along the Iowa/Nebraska state line.

Parts of Nebraska and Iowa were bracing for the worst as the Missouri river kept rising and rising. We documented some of the flood preparations near Nebraska City, then saw the floodwaters 2 days later as they began to encroach on the town of Hamburg, Iowa. It was amazing to witness how much the water rose in those 2 days!
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The gas station pumps have been removed in anticipation of the flood.

The local shops were all closed and barricaded with sand bags as the flood waters crept higher and higher nearby.

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Wendy's "Closed due to flood"

"Lake front property for sale"

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A Motel chain tried to protect the building from the impending flood.

"Gone fishing"

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A hastily built earthen dam is all that is protecting many of the buildings in town.

Sandbags

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Construction crews, busy building a temporary levee to protect the town of Hamburg, Iowa.

As the water rises, a highway exit we were on 2 days before is now flooded. I had to wade through deep water to get to the other side.

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The rising water is almost up to the level of Interstate highway 29.

Road closed. Telephone poles hint at where the road is now.

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Flooded farmland

More flooded farmland.

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The water is almost up to the top of the fence.

That is not solid land in the foreground, it is floating debris.

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Flooded farming structure.

Military helicopter circling the area, surveying the flooding.

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The road to Hamburg.

A train bridge near Hamburg is now under water.