With the Iowa River rising dangerously on Thursday, June 12, federal officials stopped by Jeff Carr's Chrysler dealership in Coralville, Iowa.
They told Carr that he had about four days before floodwaters would reach his 43-year-old store, which sits about a half mile from the river. In fact, Carr had less than a day. By the time four days had elapsed, Carr was supervising the reopening of McGurk Meyers Chrysler at a new location 3.5 miles away. His old dealership was under water.
That Thursday night, Carr and his employees had begun moving the dealership's inventory to a safer place. They managed to transfer about 80 percent of the 120 vehicles in stock — about half new and half used — to a lot out of harm's way.
Carr's team finally went home around 1 a.m. on Friday, the 13th. After they left, Carr said, looters broke into the dealership. And some levees broke. About $750,000 worth of vehicles ended up under water, Carr said.