“We are guarded. And it’s a seriously good emotion:” Organization proprietors glad to see progress on permanent flood control method

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The metropolis of Cedar Rapids is nevertheless performing long-lasting flood management system with many assignments established to wrap up upcoming 12 months.

a sign on the side of a road: City of Cedar Rapids continues to make progress on permanent flood control system

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Town of Cedar Rapids proceeds to make progress on long-lasting flood manage system

A number of weeks ago, building on the 16th Avenue rolling floodgate was finished on the east side of the Cedar River. The floodgate on 16th Avenue is the very first rolling gate of the City’s long term flood regulate technique to be concluded. A person close by restaurant says they are relieved to finally have walls up concerning them and the river.


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Tornado’s Grub and Pub is in downtown Cedar Rapids. With its very low-lying location, Tornado’s took on major destruction in the flood of 2008 and, also in 2016, when it was outside the house of the HESCO boundaries utilised to secure the rest of Newbo. Typical Supervisor Thomas Slaughter reported the concluded gate brings a welcome perception of protection.

”We experienced practically 13 ft of drinking water in ’08, so we know that flooding is really genuine, and to see that wall and levee complete and be on the correct aspect of it is a fantastic feeling,” Slaughter mentioned.

Rob Davis, the city’s flood management application manager, said there are many additional projects established to be finished in 2021. A floodgate on the 3rd Avenue bridge, underground sewer gates in Czech Village, and a floodwall at the McGrath Amphitheater.

”We’ll now have a storage spot, a restroom, and a floodwall extension. So that will actually boost the flood resiliency as well as the encounter above at the Amphitheater,” Davis reported.

Davis reported the flood management technique timeline is however on keep track of, even with the pandemic and all the function from the derecho cleanup.

”You know appropriate now we’re about 1/6th of the way performed, so we have bought a very long way to go but we believe folks are seriously observing it now as a flood command procedure,” Davis mentioned.

Back again at Tornado’s, Slaughter explained he’s on the lookout ahead to seeing even extra progress downtown. Now, he feels confident they will not have to pack items up the future time the Cedar River floods.

”We are protected. And it’s a really superior emotion. We’re enthusiastic for the upcoming, and to really feel risk-free in carrying out so,” Slaughter mentioned.

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