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people is to be reversed, if that symbol is to be replaced through the action of the elected representatives, then it must be for substantial and not trivial offenses. watergate, 40 years ♪ in the next hour we'll look at iowa's capitol city. ofthe spring and summer 1993, these two rivers swelled citycord levels leaving residents without water for
day.al your water goes out, there's is no water in your toilet, water in your no water in your bathtub. hear about the evens that led up to this and how the people of des moines dealt with the situation. will visit the education center and hear how centers werender broken at this army base. >> there are hundreds of army jobs that women can perform effectively as men. some of these jobs better than the men. >> downtown, the golden dome sits atop the capitol to miss. that is hard theegin with the tour of center.ayive
>> the first capitol building for the state of iowa would be in iowa city. the state became a state in 1846. the capital was in iowa city. we moved to des moines in 1857. we chose it because of the central location. when we came here in 1857, the building was not built yet. we use the building across the street called the old brick capital. we used it as the city government well building this building. the capitol was built from 1871-1886. it was dedicated in 1874 and has been in use since then. this is the highest point in des moines. it is where the glaciers stopped.
it was given to the state of iowa by people. the purpose was to build the capitol here. the dome is the most noticeable part. there's not a location where you do not notice the dome rising up. we are the only capitol that has five domes. the largest is 275 feet tall. from the inside, you see 219 feet. as is common with a lot of domes, you have an interior and exterior wall. that is so you can decorate the
interior area. there is a lot of empty space in the dome. the gilding will last a long time. i know that is difficult for people to understand. that thin layer of gold will last so long. but it is more durable than anything we could put up there. we could paint the dome, but it would need to be painted every year or two. the gold will last 30 years. it is more economical to cover the dome with gold. we could leave it copper, which is what the other four domes are covered with. underneath the gold, there is copper. but the copper oxidizes. the green runs onto the stone of the capitol building. it is very destructive. it helps to preserve the stone to covered with gold. you have doing it is very striking -- you have to admit it is very striking.
the first time the gold was put on the dome, we spent $3500 including labor. by the time we got to 1999, the cost had risen to $482,000. $160,000 paid for the gold and the rest for the labor. we are in the senate chamber on the second floor. it occupies the south quarter of the capitol building. we have 50 senators in iowa. each is elected to serve a four-year term. we have a part-time legislature here in iowa. that means they are hearing the capitol building working for months of the year. when their work is done, they go
back to wherever they live in the state. almost all of them go back to work at their regular jobs. we have senators who are veterinarians, doctors. they may work for an insurance company or bank. anything you can imagine doing for ages living, our elected officials do. you have republicans on one side of the aisle, democrats on the other side. if we have more than 25 of either, they would fall over to the opposite side of the aisle. right now we have a democratic majority in our senate. the democrats have the majority here by just a couple of votes. they would sit here on the left side of the chamber. the republicans would sit on the right side of the chamber. the furnishings are original furnishings. the room has seen very little
changes through the years. it is one of the few places that the decorative painting was never painted over. when you look at the ceiling, you are looking at a ceiling painted in 1883. it has never been painted over. it was done by an artist who did a lot of work in our building. he did the senate chamber, the house of representatives, the law library. all his work is gone now. it was either painted over or destroyed by the fire. this is the only original work we have by him. you're also looking at original gas chandeliers converted to a z. when the capitol building was converted to electricity. the capitol building was built, it did not have electricity. when the building was converted, we took the gas chandeliers down and threw them away.
these are original gas chandeliers. they weigh 500 pounds each. we elect the entire house of representatives every time we have an election. every member must run for reelection. in the house chamber, a lot of similarities to the senate. they are here at the same time of year and talking about the same bills. they are paid the same amount of money. senators and representatives make approximately $25,000 per year. the house chamber is different
if you look at the design in the room. that is because we had a fire at this end of the building. the fire was in january of 1904. we were changing from gaslight to electric lights. electricians had been hired to run electrical lines through the building. they were working inside by candlelight. one of the workmen left the work area and left a candle burning. that is how the fire started. the ceiling in this room collapsed. we had to rebuild the ceiling. when we did that, we didn't try to make it look like it had looked before. we built a new ceiling because we needed to use the room. because of this, it looks different than the rest of the building. you will find a very different design. in the senate chamber, a lot of color and patterns -- here,
there are neutral colors. also a lot of goldleaf. it was very popular at that time. that is the only explanation i can give you. the areas we done after the fire contained goldleaf. the same thin layer we found on the outside of our dome. apply the same way. it has to be done by hand. it is glued onto the service, both outside and inside. we are in the law library on the second floor of the capitol building. the west side of the building now. the law library takes up the whole west side of the capitol from the second and third floors. it contains about 100,000 lawbooks. is open to the public. any but he is allowed to come here and use the books. you have to be a lawyer or elected official if you want to check a book out.
the five different levels are lined by iron railings. the staircases are the only access to the levels. the staircases are accessible to the librarians. the general public would tell the librarian what they need, and the librarian would get it for them. we have a original tile floors. the ceiling has been restored to look like what it looked like in the 1880's. chandeliers are reproduction lights. that was done in the 1990's and early 2000's. we did a lot of restoration work here in the capitol. when they were building the capitol, this room was designed to be only half as tall as it is now.
the commissioners in charge of building the building traveled to michigan. they took a look at the library and said, tear out the ceiling in place. we want you library to go to stories tall rather than just one -- we want the library to go to bank stories -- we went to library to be two stories rather than one. the evidence of what this building was designed after in michigan is gone now. we do have a remarkable special collection here in the law library. we have a collection of old english law. that you would not find in most libraries throughout the world.
the law librarians are very proud of that collection. we also have an original card catalog here in the library. that is how we found the books in the library. most of us 50 years old remember using the card catalog. now it is done by computer. but the card catalog will stay in the room. it is not updated any longer, but it would have been here originally. the library is organized by the harvard system. there are systems for organizing legal libraries. we use the harvard system. that's why the librarians are so crucial. they are the only ones who know exactly where the books are located. even with the card catalog, the computer system, when you come in this library, that system does not help you locate a book. you are at the mercy of the librarians to tell them what you want. ♪
we are in the rotunda on the second floor of the capitol. you will see the large mural westward. it is to symbolize the pioneers as they moved from civilization into the wilderness in the west. it was done in 1905. the mural is 40 feet long and 14 feet high. you will notice to the left-hand side of the painting, you see a desolate area. that represents the prairie. the unknown. on the rights of the narrow, you will notice you are looking at plowed fields, planted crops. and there are faces painted into the stalks of corn. those represent the man who would come after the pioneers.
the woman in the center, the model for that person was named jessica. she was one of those unbelievable success stories that came out of iowa. it would be like an iowa girl going and becoming the most famous model in the world. that is what became of her. she modeled for tons of artist. she was a beautiful girl. she did a great deal for modeling when she was young. she would have been in her teens. if you're really look at the face and commit it to memory, if you ever go to wisconsin, in their general assembly chamber, they have a large mural. you will go that is her.
he used her again and again. she was a very famous person. she died when she was, i want to say late 40's, early 50's, and she died penniless. i hope they walk away with an appreciation for the beauty of the building. we have a beautiful capitol building. not just architecturally, but the decoration. i hope they walk away with the sense the building is being used what it was intended for. it is still the seat of government for iowa. it is a functional, useful building. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> all weekend long american featuring des moines, iowa. the city traces its roots to when a fort was built where
merge.ers c-span's local content team sitesly visited many exploring the city's rich history. moines allabout des weekend long on american history tv. first established as a calvary post. in 1903 it opened for the troops. this was the first time black soldiers were trained to be officers and that was in world war i. world war ii, we find the first were allowed to join the army and it was called the army corps at the time. frankly, even a lot of people in town really don't know too much here.why this fort is out before world war i started, militaryd been in service spore ratically.
one was killed in the boston during the american revolution and there were black warors and soldiers in the of 1812. the military started to get the civil war.ng there were black units starting asthe same time emancipation. officers were not encouraged and buffalo soldiers who fought in the west against the indians. of units incouple that regard. it was world war i where they allowed to train and become officers in the u.s. army in an capacity. war makes it expedients and the a lot ofgetting naacp androm the civilian leaders to integrate. fighting for democracy, black to below tbloo
equal as well. resistance.lot of the army rank and file was wasnst doing this but it ordered to happen anyway. of the crop,eam teachers, tuskegee graduates were here. talented 10, the skills andn terms of capabilities. this was an experiment. not know it was going to work. it was a lot of pressure in the make sure itty to occurred and they did not flunk to show they were not capable. there was a widespread belief were not smart enough in combat. it would have pushed back the of racial equality. herles houston became -- graduated top of his class at
school.law he hired thurgood marshal who is best known civil rights lawyer. charles houston won a lot of integration lawsuits in the 1930's and 1940's. well-known among african american communities and leaders.hts ther job is to drill all enlistees that were coming in andto get them ready trained to go to france. they eventually did and they formed two -- they were blackated units, the all divisions, it was the 92nd division. the french army was thrilled to have them. they didn't care. wasn't ash encouraging as much. the other division fought with army.s.
they were basically fighting two wars. germanse fighting the in world war i and they were fighting their own segregation, racism in their own country. soldiers, they sold viewed that as a step in the acceptedection to be in american society as well. >> there goes one of the petticoat soldiers now. to joinsistant wants waac's. >> she is crazy. ay would a woman want to be soldier for? >> just a waste of time. of this fort part is for the first time in military history, women were allowed to join the u.s. forces.the armed that is in world war ii.
some of the black officers, the .eed for personnel to do jobs when we're in wartime the army can't get enough people to do job. >> in south pacific, american fighting men fighting their way shore. the in north african units clashing. pounding enemys all overgermany, italy the world. american soldiers are fighting nation'sine this destiny. more and more fighting men are needed to train and equip them up front is the task of the staff.chief of >> conservation of manpower is first importance. women' women's a exilery core o job behind the
lines here at home. before americad entered the war but it did not monthsngress until a few after pearl harbor. for every soldier in the field are 10 soldiers behind the lines doing administrative or preparatory work. they figured women can do a lot of those jobs that were noncombat. was the whole idea. so they picked fort des moines of this second .rand experiment it was picked for a practical reason. base and it was closing so they had empty buildings. women were staying in horse stables. large they built what they call boomtown, they built buildings. it was a lot of empty space ramping up army was
after we declared war after pearl harbor. very practical. it was sitting here half temp ty started.war a congresswoman from a volunteer inas world war i. she passed the legislation but supporters were general eisenhower and general marshal. was always in europe prior to d-day. hesaw the british model and could see how efficient they were. >> general eisenhower says that waac's do the job of two men. they can use all the women they can get and listen to the women nations.ited they, too, have ideas on the subject. the english with their calm colors, the stoic women and the australian women, the women of china with their undying fortitude. a big supporter and
wanted him to work. boss, general marshal was supported as well and with his sport congress passed it. some people were afraid that this was not the traditional role for women, who is going to take care of the children? domestics in the sphere and not military. there was that fear. soean this was nontraditional of a role, not military.k force but women started arriving here, the in 1942.ch in july they would go through basic training here. weeksy graduated in five and they can do especially training. started here and it was the largest camp of its kind. talking about roughly 70,000 women went through here and up withand they ended jobs overseas and washington and fort and military outposts all country. they did about 200 kinds of
jobs. some fixedirplanes, jeeps and mechanics, some were air traffic control, that kind of thing. a lot of them did you can say clerical work as well that men did not have to do. can go quicker than men because they did not have to operate rifles and weapons. army way.to learn the there is a lot of them trained life and they can plug them in the they were jobs.d army it was the source of national news for weeks. this was passed, again it was controversial. the press was here. wer were not allowed on the they would see them come in on buses. des moines is not a military town, so to speak.
when you have tens of thousands training and needing personal supplies and leaving weekend leave in downtown des moines. you have women in uniform going and shop andts doing various things. isis in des moines and it not des moines history but this story.tional i find appealing about it as a curator, it is not typical military stuff. you don't see guns, cannons, and tanks. seeing more of the social an interesting chapter of the military's history. long american history tv is featuring the iowa.y of des moines, early settlers observed mountains in the downtown area were destroyed. hosted by our des moines cable partners. content vehicles
explored many sites. alln more about des moines weekend long on american history tv. iowa state fair was iowa some 160eld years ago now. very small in southeast iowa. as the fair progressed from went tod, iowa, it eight cities in the course of a number of years. 1879 it came to des moines. thew years later, legislature purchased the site ofre on today, a site 266 acres that was bought from the calvin thorton family. that time, the first pavilion built. it is pioneer hall.
it is next door to the building we're in today. from that, we started building erected andd installing barns for swine and sheep and horses and cattle. along with that came that need exhibits and also a need for campgrounds for stay. to when you have all of that soon enterretty todayment breaktodayment break t the light bulb went off over the top of their they saidme point and you know, this can be a fantastic celebration of we wouldg if incooperate. through the years and from the raps to the day the entertainment aspect was added it with a grand stand being 1900's andthe early
lots of bands from jimmy dorsey orchestra and all of the rock bands and country bands todayou know and love have been on the iowa state fair grand stand. focal hub of that. 1940's to life in the and 1950's and on to today. the things that had separated the iowa state fair from other fairs around the country is our kin with politics state caucus first throughout the nation. because of that, one of the places to be and be seen is the iowa state fair. make sure that everybody pays the statecome to fair, including politicians, thatding their entourage comes with them.
they made it a case many times they want everybody to know that the limousine pulled up to bought a gate, they ticket, and they presented that ticket to the ticket taker and into the iowa state fair. they have some of the dollars spent by the presidential candidates and iowadents that came to the state fair. admission is $11 to come to the now.state fair back in the day, it was $2 from a few years ago and $1 prior to that. in the past 14 years that i've been at the iowa state fair, seen nothing short of 30-plus candidates coming to the theirtate fair to get name out and to be seen on the iowa fair state grounds. had in terms we've of presidents, we've had gerald ford come to the iowa state
had, jimmy carter, we george w. bush and also barak obama came just as recently as 2012. many times we will porkhem going to the producer's booth and they will serving iced tea to the folks aat are there and carrying on candidatesn and many do that as well as the presidents with their security as close to get people as some of the candidates do. thrill for a everybody for them to come and a feather in the state of iowa's cap that they would the state fair enough to come and share their time and iowa.o the folks here in candidates had 19
for president come through the fairgrounds during the 11 days. sometimes we have more than one time.ate here at a the one i remember the most is our current president, barak obama. his wife and his children were all here that day and the wantedng that his kids to do was ride the midway. able to get them and ake them into the midway with little help from our security and put them on a couple of the and they had a great time. as a family, this was a relief trail that for the kids that it wasn't so much maybe so boring they got to come to the fair and ride some rides. not too much on politics but to
memorable occasion. i feel like it is a good partner newspaper here in town called the des moines register. a spot of ground that leased from the iowa state fair during the fair. in that, they will always gave are up forthat election a chance to give their and encourage all the fair goers that want to gather listen.nd i think that has helped the iowa candidatesbecause always want to get their message out. way it is a bipartisan area out because we can offer that to candidates that and sometimes want to stop everything at the iowa state hey, i'm here look at me.
yes, we can do that but you're that on the des moines register stump. campaignpresidential or any campaign, you have people .n both sides you have people who love the candidate and you have people who don't love the candidate. corporations earn ultimately goes to people. where do you think it goes? their pocket. >> whose pocket? beings, my friend. diverted. cases, we we had a vice presidential campaign. in the past the iowa state fair in des very good a very, relationship with any event that you have, location, location, location is very important. with the iowa state fair being
capital city of iowa in des moines and des moines being largest city in iowa, it has very good very, attendance record of the iowa and allowed us to grow and be in the focus of citytion with the biggest in iowa. sprawling grounds that do and have something for everyone. the only thing we don't have is problem with parking then is a wonderful problem to have. american history des moines.ing majores moines is a insurance center.
hosted by our immediate media partners, the team visited many sites showcasing the city's history. learn more all weekend here on tv.ican history while in des moines, we spoke governor terry branstad capitol.e state >> well, we're first in the precinct caucuses. iowa yans take their very seriously. they are interested in meeting the candidates and asking them questions and finding out where they stand. when herter started it launched his campaign as unknown governor of georgia. came in second to undecided. that launched his campaign for president of the united states and many askeds have come to iowa thinking this is where it done.
people are surprised that here retail politics really matters. about who has the most money or the best tv ads, it is job of do the best relating to people and answering beingquestions and available to people all over the state. my advice to potential candidates is come to iowa andn, go to all 99 counties really honestly show people what you stand for and that can make a real difference and it has happened again and again in this state. iowa voters take their responsibility very seriously. number of people who are registered to vote and a of them show up to vote and participate. working honest, hard and caring people.
respectat others with and dignity and i think it is a great place to start the selection process because of the kind of people we iowa.n the state of purple as it can be. we're a very divided state politically. we have two democratic represents and two republican representatives. we have one democratic senator, senator.lican while i was governor for a long there was 12 years democraticd governors. we have a fair system of reproportioning the districts. the legislature has to vote it up or down. we have competitive districts iowa oftentimes
different and maybe the nation in terms of who we choose voters area independent. they are thoughtful and they beste the one they think represents them. difference is social media. when i was governor before, exist and yett this time when i came back and in 2010, a couple of law students were were on facebook trying to get for governor again. they convinced me and they got 10,000 people to sign up. that many young people who could i was governor before thought i should come
back and lead the state's revitalization, i think i ought to do it. we've had great success. got the state's financial house in order. we've been able to reduce the tax burden and reform education and so we now have the seventh lowest unemployment in the country. running for re-election because we're not done yet. the lieutenant governor and i for a brighter future in iowa. biggestis the misconception in iowa? people think it is, you know, agriculture like it the 1950's. today, it is a much more sophisticated situation and it is not joust agriculture. it is all of these other things for it.have going it is the company's facebook and google.t and it is insurance and financial
services but it is also what adding to agriculture so today we're not just shipping beans.d soy it is biofuels, it is pharmaceuticals, as well as food and feed to feed and provide for a hungry world. >> what role has iowa played in developing agriculture industry here? the heart of agriculture. iowa is the leading state, theing leading soy bean producing state. we're the leading egg-producing state. arecattle numbers increasing. we have developed new products ethanol, bio-diesel, we're the leader in wind energy. advances we've seen in agriculture, i think iowa is going to continue to be leader. we have record enrollment at
and recorduniversity enrollment in agriculture. energy?about renewable >> i was a leader of renewable energy. i've been a strong supporter of ethanol back when we called it gasohol. fueloduce more renewable than gasoline. we have 42 ethanol plants, we have 12 bio-diesel plants. companies like dupont foreer that is looking normalng called biobutte that will be the next phase in terms of renewable fuels. made a bigt we've difference in reducing our andrtmentcy on foreign oil making america more competitive. future.cited about the we're concerned about what is
happening with the e.p.a. reduce the renewable fuel standard because that helps renewable fuels and dependency on foreign oil. good for america. it has been good for agriculture created good jobs in the state. see?at problems do you >> one of the biggest problems is finding enough people with meet the skill set to jobs that are created in this state. this year we passed something home-based iowa. there are federal cutbacks in lotmilitary and there are a of talented people. we're limiting the tax on military retirement. offering in-state tuition to military people, all the people leaving the military and their spouses and depend denneds. we're matching them up with good career in iowa if they
will come to iowa. something called skilled iowa to try to upgrade the skills of iowa yans who skills to meet the jobs that are available in manufacturing today. company that offers readinessal career certificate. we're encouraging our high that and we'rer offering it free of charge if skills sopgrade their they can meet the job requirements that are there in workplace today. much different manufacturing was 20-30t than it years ago. >> where do you see iowa going in the future? think the future looks bright for iowa. taxes andcing attracting good-paying jobs, we're working to revitalize our goal of being the the number one of state in
student achievement. we also want to be the healthiest state in the country. weight to wear my army uniform when i signed the bill on memorial day at camp dodge. we're trying to lead the way and we want to be healthy. we want to be happy. really good jobs and we want people to feel welcome in the great state of iowa. >> all weekend long american history tv is featuring iowa's moines.city des since 1972, iowa has held the thet caucuses of presidential primary cycle. media com partners worked with the contents team when we explore there to rich history. learn more about des moines all weekend here on american history tv.
>> candidates have tried to think either because they the party is a good fit for might be.heir message sometimes they are worried they they campaign here because are against certain issues that are important in iowa. problem is that as long as the media continues to pay caucuses,to the iowa the candidates are basically missing out on part of the debate and part of the spotlight here.y are not a caucus is a party meeting. caucuses are held at the precinct level all over iowa. there is over 1,000 precincts people gather at a certain time during the day. start at 7:00 usually. they can expect to spend a hours and voting on a presidential candidate is only one thing they do during the caucuses. there are also discussions about
platform and people separately -- different parties have different rules but they stand separately to go in the process. it is a much more involved time commitment. is also something where it activists than rank and file party members. as long asd caucus it has been a state. were nobod something that paid attention to it until the 1970's. out of the prominent 1968 national convention riots. of national party because the turmoil in that 1968 decided theyention need to make their process more inclusive. they wanted to get more young people, more racial minorities. fact that ae the big party was anti-vietnam war.
that process, iowa looked at what they were doing. they wanted to make it more inclusive, have more notice for these caucuses. for more people to participate but because caucusesocess is the and then a series of conventions, they had to figure out a schedule to get the out out in and print the paperwork between. hadof the stories is they an old machine that was slow at printing. toy had to have a long time print out the materials. so they set a calendar that made the first nominated event in 1972. that was not the goal but that was the reality. year, george that mcgovern thought the senator the presidential
nomination. establishment favorite. his campaign manager was gary hart. that is better known later on in his political career but at that time, managing george mcgovern's campaign they decided he needed a boost. inspent a few days out here iowa. he did well in the caucus, came got aa close second and bump going into new hampshire. in 1976, anater unknown georgia governor decides, hey, iowa might be a stage get on the national going into the primary season. iowa carter comes out to and is launched to the white house. from there, iowa can never be again. the iowa caucuses have grown from 1976. started in 1976, the
have thens started to caucus on the same day as the democrats. caucusedarties have since then. the only year they did not have caucus race in 1992. that is when senator tom harkin from iowa decided to run for the otherand all candidates decided not to campaign in iowa. later that in 2008 when iowa's governor ran his fellownt democrats did not give him the courtesy of iowa. fact, indated with other candidates in iowa and dropped out early. that iowa courtesy happened only once and probably never will again. has become most -- not a for presidential widdling theis for
field. are threeage is there tickets out of iowa, first class, coach, and stand by. do wellns you have to in iowa to have a good chance of nomination.he placesst flee or four depending on how much candidates are. who don'tcandidates do well in iowa have dropped out, at least one or two dropped out of after iowa. iowa is where the national gets a little air let out of him. you have a situation where you moreactivists who are liberal or more conservative generallyarty speaking. so iowa oftentimes does not the person that the or the bigwigs
whoever they think should be president. you just look back at 2008 when caucus cycle was talking about hillary clinton. of the woodwork, barak obama. caucuses, which established his credibility as win over evenuld midwesternly white states like iowa and he made it to the white house. in 2012, we had on the caucuses, mitt romney. very likely to be the republican fact, he did go on to win the republican nomination. but here in iowa he was not guaranteed the vote of iowa caucus goers. tolost the caucuses in 2008 evangelical, an
popular with conservatives. a little known governor from arkansas. in 2012, it was rick santorum darkest of dark horses on the national scene. with mitty tied romney for the caucuses in 2012 and actually has counted the historically close vote and it turned out that romney was edged santorum. >> game on. >> people tend to get keyed in because of the caucuses. become -- even if not everyone participates, everyone watches it. fun spectator sport for iowa yans. therefore, they have opinions issues.e
weekend long, we're observing the history of des moines. hosted by our des moines cable context teampan visited des moines. learn about des moines all american history tv. >> it was surreal for the time that first 24 hours when the water started coming up. said, we knew there was going to be flooding but we've before andg everything like that. then people started talking beut this is not going to like any flood that you have experienced. it was a nice break that and then all hell loose. and themoines river raccoon river is the center
not onlythe city, geographyically. the city started. will,ography, if you everything feeds there in terms of water in the central part of state. iowa is not that uncommon when you take a look at melt, ifpack, the snow you will, that comes off in the spring. rain showers and things like nap it is not unusual to get low-land flooding, maybe serious flooding. the flooding situation, the scenario so to speak for 1993 goes back to 1992 in the fall. the fact that we were getting a lot of snow in the winter months
were getting a lot of the spring. getything was starting to saturated. when you have a lot of snow and rain and maybe the ground is still frozen that saturate the ground. it runs right off and runs into runs downstream. so you had this gradual build up verious forms of moisture, snow melt and rain that was riversg to fill up the and starting to fill up the lakes and reservoirs. just in iowa either. it was throughout the midwest. torything was just starting fill up. go.idn't have anywhere to in terms of the tradition always of water, the
mississippi river was getting high, the des moines river and other rivers were running high necessarily at bad thing. then we started having bad thing, we started having real, real heavy rain and we had nowhere to go. the reservoirs started to fill up. in july, we started having of really, really intense rainstorms. just, you know, to use the old movie title, it was the for something like this to happen. we knew the flooding was bad but we did not know how bad it was going to be. be at a dinner that night and the governor was at that dinner. thes getting messages from newsroom saying, hey, they have theeled what they called grand prix, which was a race through the streets of des moines, a car race. went over and told the
governor that. for des a big event moines and the state of iowa. they were concerned that the over the going to go bridges. from the state level, it was important. they had emergency management hoover building. that was put into operation immediately when it got to the that friday and saturday when things started getting serious. was maybe the focal aint person in all of this, gentleman by the name of l.d. lose thetory is, we might water. weabout 3:30 this morning, ended up losing the battle of keeping the raccoon river out of treatment plant. the river flowed into the treatment plant and submerged treatment planted within the river.
>> i have to be honest with you, firstou hear that, when i heard that i heard we lost our water. your like losing electricity. we'll do without and we'll get so.ack in a day or no, it is totally different than water. isa water treatment plant cocontaminated, the whole system is contaminated. it is not like you can light a or a candle when the electricity goes out. when the water goes out, there's your toilet, no water in your bathtub, no water in your house. to sink in and i told this is really bad isn't it and he said this is really bad.really, you are going to have 200,000-250,000 people who don't have water