This image won Readers Choice in The Week in Pictures the week of June 12 - 19, 2008. This image really let us feel the magnitude of the Iowa and Missouri flooding. While a great number of homes were destroyed in the flooding, these were physically lost to the owners and let us see the force of the Mississippi unleashed. This image was also selected for the Year in Pictures.
Buildings and debris are seen floating in the Cedar River against a railroad bridge, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes, emergency officials said Saturday.