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Iowa's Katrina? Not if state does its part

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Many Minnesota hearts ached in recent days as swollen rivers in eastern Iowa swallowed hometowns, old haunts and other Hawkeye State places they know well.

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The toll is huge: Beautiful Cedar Rapids, a city that trusted its namesake river so well that it built its City Hall on an island, saw every downtown street submerged and a major hospital closed. The homes of 26,000 people -- 20 percent of its residents -- were flooded.

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