Members of the Cornell College community,
Over the course of the last few days, significant rainfall totals have been recorded in our area, as well as in areas north of Cedar Rapids. There are forecasts for flooding on Monday. In 2008, similar weather led to Cedar Rapids flooding and the 6th worst disaster in US history; learn more here. While we don’t expect the Cornell campus to be directly impacted by the flood, we cannot help but wonder how we can support the larger community in its efforts. Therefore, we are working to organize transportation to volunteer for the flood and encouraging members of the community to engage in relief efforts.
Right now it appears that sandbagging is the way we can best assist. Beginning at 9 am today, and continuing throughout the weekend, sandbagging efforts have begun in two primary locations:
New Bo City Market (1100 3rd Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)
Helen G. Nassif YMCA (207 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)
Those who are available to participate in sandbagging efforts are asked to bring shovels if possible and wear clothes for getting dirty.
Cornell will be providing transportation to these locations at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, departing from behind the Thomas Commons. You can be there for a partial day or full day. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know your intentions (either through campus transportation or through your own transportation: https://goo.gl/forms/ycaUHANP28ZNnWtn1)
If you are looking for additional opportunities to be engaged in the efforts, please check the city web site — www.cedar-rapids.org — and click on the alert pop-up to read the most current information. Each day, Cedar Rapids will be holding a 10 a.m. press conference until the event concludes. You can stay up-to-date on the information shared there through the Cedar Rapids social media pages.
Whether you choose to ride with Cornell to go assist or join with friends or family to assist, we know that, as Cornellians, we are part of a larger community.
If you need assistance or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Dean of Students office.