Cedar Rapids

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The city of Cedar Rapids has spent more than a half a million dollars on emergency flood protection during the month of September. There was virtually no damage from the recent flood scares, but there’s a still a cost.

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Cedar Rapids officials have adopted a plan to fund permanent flood protection in the city. Ten years after historic floods battered the city, its leaders want taxpayers to help protect it from the next disaster. 

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The city of Cedar Rapids is preparing for another flood. The Cedar River is forecast to crest at 16.5 feet this week, after days of rainfall saturated eastern Iowa.

Kate Payne / IPR

Ten years after floodwaters devastated downtown Cedar Rapids, many businesses have returned and some new ones have opened up. For some, that reinvestment was tied to the city’s commitment to build a permanent flood control system. But a decade later, businesses are still waiting for that protection. 

Wednesday marked 10 years since the Cedar River overflowed its banks and crested in the city of Cedar Rapids at a record 31.12 feet. The historic floods of 2008 displaced an estimated 10,000 city residents, submerged more than 1100 city blocks caused more than $2 billion worth of damage.