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Poor Iowa. Wracked by flood. Unless it's early in election season, it's rarely good news which brings Iowa to the front page of the BBC, alas.

I was in Des Moines for part of the 1993 flooding, the flood which overwhelmed the levees and flooded the city's waterworks. For two weeks, the city had no running water. In the lowest parts of town, people rowed through the streets. We were grateful when friends in West Des Moines (which has its own water treatment plant) invited us over to take showers. Electricity was erratic, so we packed suitcases and cleaned the house by candlelight. A couple of days later, we were in Venice, where the boats rowing down the rii were business as usual, not alarmingly high floods.

The summer's off to a bad start with the rain there. The weekend's due to be clear. May the weather continue to be mild, and keep down the rain below '93 levels.

Edited to add: More photos.



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Jun. 18th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Soggy Toronto
Here in Toronto we're going for the record for wettest June ever. We're 1/2 way through the month and already have had more rain than in all of last June. There's been about 77 mm of rain so far and the average for the month is 68 mm. Temperature minimums are about 3 degrees below normal if you use the last 10 years of data to calculate your mean but about exactly right if you use 30 year averages so it's not really very cold but everyone thinks it is because of all the rain and the contrast with recent weather.

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