Here are some excellent aerial photographs (thanks to the Des Moines Register): http://www.desmoinesregister.
A few things I observed:
- Post-1993 flood planning and excellent teamwork by the City of Ames staff minimized the worst case scenarios.
- Sump pumps can only work as long as there is a way and place for the water to get out and go somewhere.
- People band together in times of crisis.
Appreciate everything you have right now - you never know how great you have it until it is taken away from you!