Cedar Rapids Commemorates Anniversary of Devastating Iowa Flood
“I’m sure most Americans don’t realize that the 2008 flood was this devastating,” said
During a commemoration ceremony on the banks of the Cedar River this Saturday, flowers will be placed in the water in memory of the dreams and hopes that were washed down the river.
“While we’ve made enormous progress in 12 months, we will not be satisfied until we find solutions for every flood-impacted resident in Cedar Rapids,” said
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Wednesday allocated
“Despite more than 300 city facilities suffering severe water damage and nearly all city government displaced, the city never closed,” said Halloran. “One-half billion dollars is needed to repair our city buildings.”
More than 5,000 homes were flood damaged. As of today, 1,041 residents have registered for buyouts. It will take
There are signs of progress throughout the flooded area: nearly 85 percent of businesses have returned; a record number of building permits have been issued; 81,000 tons of debris has been removed (that is the equivalent to hauling a giant cruise ship filled with 1,500 elephants to the landfill); and nearly three miles of temporary barriers have been purchased to reinforce current levees. A clear vision and plan have been formulated for the city as well.
“Our plans will guide our