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Come Wind and High Water: Disasters of 2008

Event Details

February 12, 2013 — October 5, 2013
Location: Grout Museum of History & Science
Website: www.groutmuseumdistrict.org

Event Description

On Sunday May 25, 2008 at 4:46 PM CDT, the National Weather Service in Des Moines issued a tornado warning for Northern Grundy County in Central Iowa. Within a half hour Parkersburg, New Hartford and the surrounding areas were hit with a category 5 tornado, which devastated the communities. To add insult to injury, two weeks later a pattern of heavy rains during an already wet spring caused the Cedar River and connecting waterways to overflow to record crests. The Cedar Valley was in for another weather-related catastrophe that would be of historic proportions. Opening February 12, 2013 through September 2013, the Grout Museum and the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium will host a two-part exhibit titled Come Wind and High Water. At the Grout Museum visitors will learn the story of the Disasters of 2008. Using photographs, artifacts and video the events of the historical stormy spring will unfold. Stories focusing on the resilience of Iowans, their character, and the ability to bounce back when disaster hits will be evident. Centered in the KWWL Weather Room, at the Bluesdorn Science Imaginarium, the exhibit will focus on The Science behind the Disaster. It will include hands on displays and videos that explain the science behind the catastrophes.