From the Des Moines Register:

The river that swamped this city now splits it in more ways than one.

The Cedar River cuts through the heart of Iowa’s second-largest metro, a 338-mile-long waterway that stretches from Minnesota and feeds into the Mississippi River. The sheer survival of Cedar Rapids was at stake nearly four years ago when this river swelled to a record 31-foot crest and inundated 10 square miles. Residents rallied and were united by the struggle to escape the floodwaters.

But the river today is seen as less the common enemy and more as a dividing line, while neighbors clash over how to complete recovery from the 2008 disaster and brace for the inevitable next flood.

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