I know this is a book blog, but I just had to post a picture of the main branch of the library in my childhood hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is the low rectangular building in the center of the picture.
It only has two floors with most of the books housed on the first floor and the children's section on part of the second floor. I read an article somewhere that library workers and volunteers were working hard so I'm hoping they were able to get most, if not all the books to a safe location before the flood water destroyed them all. But the building does not look like it will be in very good shape when the water recedes (whenever that may be). I spent so many hours here in high school studying. It makes me so sad.
Luckily for my family, they are fine. Their house is on the highest point in the city so no worries there. But if you have any extra thoughts and prayers, the people of Cedar Rapids sure could use them right now. The river was supposed to crest today and now it looks like that won't happen until tomorrow.
If you are interested in more flood images, check out the Cedar Rapids Gazette's website.