Friday, June 11, 2010

Flood Relief in Iowa

Last weekend DH and I took part in our church's mission trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Two years ago Cedar Rapids was flooded, with 14% of the city and over 5,000 homes under water. There is still a lot of rebuilding to be done.

Larry and Tim Remove Tarp

Our first day's project was to re-roof a small garage.

Husband Jim and Trip Leader Cheryl Tackle the Roof

The house has been rehabbed and is occupied. Most of the houses on this street have been repaired and are occupied, so we thought the owner and his neighbors would be glad to see the garage fixed and the blue tarp gone.

Rehabbed House-Garage on Left in Back

On the second day we split up and part of the team finished roofing the garage, others patched and painted a house and DH and I cut subflooring in another house.

Notice from City

Water Level in House

Completed House on Block

It appears that most of the houses were built shortly after WWII. There is a great park and swimming pool a few blocks away. I can imagine the fun that kids had growing up in this neighborhood back in the 50's and 60's. Now, many to young couples just starting out are moving back in and hopefully, in a few years this neighborhood will once again see kids playing in the yard, going Trick or Treating or making snowmen.

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