Flood Recovery

Cedar Rapids plans to spend $1.5 million more in LOST funds for northwest rec center

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week is slated to approve the spending of an additional $1.5 million in revenue from an earlier 1-percent local-option sales tax to help replace the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation [...]

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Audit: FEMA should have contributed $10.8 million less to new Cedar Rapids library

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency contributed $10.83 million more than it should have for the city’s new, $46 million downtown public library, a federal audit concludes.

However, the audit by the Office of [...]

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Trashmore 5K for epilepsy foreshadows landfill’s next life

CEDAR RAPIDS — They're running up a hill of trash to get to the bottom of the befuddling mysteries of epilepsy.

But the idea for the pioneering Trashmore 5K “dash to bash epilepsy” road race has never been just about rais [...]

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Cedar Rapids council sets 90-day moratorium for Time Check properties

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fewer than 10 homes and only two business addresses remain occupied in a wide area of the flood-hit Time Check neighborhood, all the rest gone, bought out in the city’s sprawling, federally funded, flood-recovery buyou [...]

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Cedar Rapids council proposes investment moratorium for Time Check

All along, Cedar Rapids city officials knew that the city’s voluntary flood-recovery buyout program would leave a small number of uninterested property owners with their properties standing in place.

And the city knew, too, that some [...]

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Congress takes another step toward Cedar Rapids flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS — Federal funds to help build the city’s flood protection system took another step toward reality.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives on a 412-4 vote approved the Water Resources Reform and Development A [...]

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Congressional action gets Cedar Rapids closer to federal flood protection money

CEDAR RAPIDS — City leaders were overjoyed Friday as they reported that a joint U.S. House-Senate conference committee has approved a final version of federal legislation that authorizes Congress to support $73.13 million in federal spendin [...]

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Completion of public works building to be delayed

CEDAR RAPIDS — Heavy rain on April 13 undermined several footings at the construction site of the public works department's new City Services Center, 500 15th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids officials said Thursday.

As a result, about 15 of th [...]

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Hach building demolished

CEDAR RAPIDS — Preservationists were on hand Monday morning to mourn as demolition crews quickly took down the 113-year-old, flood-damaged P. Hach Bottling House building in the New Bohemia district.

“I just had to see it throu [...]

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Cedar Rapids lauds FEMA’s change of heart

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s not every day that city officials organize a tour of the sewage treatment plant.

The city’s Utilities Department, though, did just that on Monday for the local news media as it celebrated the Federal [...]

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Doing their part: Cisterns show how to keep runoff out of the Cedar River

CEDAR RAPIDS — This is the nervous time of year here as spring rains fall and the Cedar River rises.

Nearly six years now since the city’s historic June 2008 flood disaster, three hard-hit flood victims have done more than reme [...]

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Cedar Rapids preparing to start building flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials are moving ahead with the start of construction of a flood protection system for both sides of the Cedar River, and bids on the first phase of the multiphase, many-year project are expected this fall.

The [...]

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Cedar Rapids casino is about flood recovery, tour-guide Corbett tells commissioners

As bus tours go, it was a quick one with a clear message:

The Flood of 2008 here hurt, and the ongoing recovery of the city, especially the hard-hit west side, needs the economic-development boost that the proposed $150-million-plus Cedar Cr [...]

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Cedar Rapids' flood-recovery chief departs as flood protection takes center stage

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayors and city managers stand on the shoulders of people like Joe O’Hern.

O’Hern slipped out of City Hall last Friday and into retirement, three years after he arrived from a long career in state and federal government to tak [...]

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Cedar Rapids' abandoned homes the next challenge

CEDAR RAPIDS — City Hall has stood with Matthew 25 as the not-for-profit’s innovative neighborhood-rebuilding efforts have helped core neighborhoods hit hard by the Flood of 2008 get back on their feet.

But these days, it is not all affectio [...]

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