Charles City Residents Reflect on 10-Year Anniversary of Record Flood

Audio story by Kellan Heavican, KCHA

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the record-breaking Cedar River flood in Charles City.  While the Cedar River has flooded numerous times over the decades, its highest crest at 25 and-a-half feet remains the record. KCHA took a look at where the city was and where it is today.

 

“Revival” 

Charles City residents set out to honor the catastrophe, but they didn’t know how to do it.  Collaborating with sculptor David Williamson, the five-year project produced a sculpture called Revival.  Williamson took the old suspension bridge debris and turned it into public art.  The sculpture is made up of three different panels.  Williamson describes the meaning of all three panels and the overall masterpiece.

 

 

Panel one: “Remembering” 

 

Panel two: “Ruins” 

 

Panel three: “Recovery” 

 

 

 

 

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