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By Maddy Butcher Gray
Iowa opened my eyes to another season this week as rains came and waters rose.
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This spring flooding was nothing compared to 2008, when the Cedar River rose more than 31 feet and devastated Cedar Rapids to the tune of $5.74 billion in damages.
But it caught this Mainer off guard.
In a few days, virtually all the riding routes were underwater. Nearly half of the 14,000 acre nearby Hawkeye Wildlife Management area was submerged this week.
It was amazing to watch animals respond. Deer, rabbits, and mice all scurried for higher ground. Migrating ducks and geese appeared in greater numbers. Hawks and eagles seemed to capitalize like looters in the temporary crisis.
The Iowa River reached the surface of the Greencastle Bridge, across which we rode dozens of times last summer, and kept going.
Pictures and videos do more justice.
Here you go:
An Iowa Spring Flood
Maddy Butcher Gray
We rode often this trail in the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area:
That same trail today:
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