For those of you who were curious, some statistics and a slick map of the flooding area in Cedar Rapids.
Flood stage on the Cedar River: 14 feet
Old Record (set in 1928): 21 feet
New Record: 31.1 feet
City Blocks Flooded: 1600 (~9.2 sq. miles)
Evacuees Displaced: ~24,000
Total City Population: 123,944 (2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimate)
Current Damage Estimates: $736 million
A Slick Google Map of the Flooding
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YouTube Video of the Flooding (filmed from atop the hotel I stayed in while interviewing)
"The number of poisoned web sites is increasing. 1 in 1000 web pages are infected with malicious drive-by downloads (source IDG News)." - the AVG install scaretext.
A drive-by download?! Yeah... because comparing software viruses to the most callous and indiscriminant of murderous gangland attacks is REALLY appropriate.
It's just stupid... and yet, that's how anti-virus is marketed. Still, I'd like to find the moron who started that naming convention and throttle him.