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A Difference Of Six Years

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Looking back six years ago, many folks can't fathom where the city is today after the 2008 floods.

"We've come a long way so far in a short period of time," Cedar Rapids resident Sheila Holland said

"Driving on 380 all you could see was water," Elise Feldcamp said.

She was dining downtown with co-workers and friends Friday night.

An experience that many was impossible on this day, six years ago.

Flooding water encompassed downtown, but for now, folks can eat in the streets.

"You didn't come down here," Feldcamp said in regards to coming downtown before the flood."That's unfathomable to feel that we would be under water right now."

A flood that continued to move upstream and wiped out one gardner's garden.

" I spend the previous Saturday planting my garden and then the flood came," Darrel Wrider said.

He has planted vegetables in his garden for more than 10 years.

He said he was disappointed but he'll never forget the flood of 2008.

"I'm just grateful for how much we have progressed as a city," Wrider said.

He is also thnakful to be able to work in his garden this year.

"It's hard to believe especially when you stand here and know what it did," Daniel Schmidt said.

A memory that many say brought the community of Cedar Rapids together.

"Standing here 6 years later, there is probably a lot of people who thought that would not happen," Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jeff Capps said.

Friday, Habitat for Humanity held a home dedication ceremony celebrating this past week. They built 3 homes in only 5 days!

"I think people in this neighborhood knew they could do just that," Capps said about rebuilding downtown Cedar Rapids.

A step in the right direction and showing that Cedar Rapids has come back since the flood of 2008.

A flood that no one will forget but a picture that is hard to believe to this day after all the renovations downtown.

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