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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- Five years have passed since floods ravaged Cedar Rapids, and to many residents the soggy destruction still seems too staggering to comprehend.

The Des Moines Register reports that while city leaders point to signs of a rebound, years of work remains to make neighborhoods whole.

Iowa's second-largest city saw 10 square miles submerged - about 14 percent of the city. The swollen Cedar River crested at 19 feet above flood stage, waterlogging downtown landmarks and low-lying homes.

Doug and Lois Ward owned an A&W restaurant for 30 years and had hoped to rebuild. Later, they relinquished their drive-in to a city buyout. Doug Ward says there's no use dwelling on the lost business.