Brad Meester
Wading and waiting for relief in the Heartland
Wading and waiting for relief in the Heartland

Times Chicago Bureau chief P.J. Huffstutter has been on assignment covering the Midwest flooding. Here are a some of the scenes and people she has come across during her reporting. Iowa journalists get aid from colleagues who've been there... When a natural disaster strikes, journalists can end up being part of the tale, both as storytellers and as victims. When the Cedar River swamped Iowa's second-largest city, flooding 1,300 city blocks, it also threatened the offices of the town's daily paper -- and flooded out the homes of two dozen staffers of Gazette Communications in Cedar Rapids. "The city was under water on my third day at work," said Steve Buttry,...