July 8, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
The Cedar Rapids Police Department found this riot gear along the banks of the Cedar River downriver from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is among the thousands of items discovered as floodwaters make their retreat across the Midwest, remnants of the lives and livelihoods touched by raging rivers and swollen lakes are popping up miles from those who lost them.

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