Cedar Rapids pins hope on 10 miles of new flood bar­ri­ers

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Fac­ing their sec­ond­largest flood in city his­tory, Cedar Rapids lead­ers and res­i­dents pinned their hopes Mon­day on a 10mile sys­tem of quickly erected flood bar­ri­ers to pro­tect gov­ern­ment build­ings, homes and busi­nesses.

Crews scram­bled to build the flood­wall over the week­end to block the rapidly ris­ing Cedar River be­cause, de­spite years of dis­cus­sions, of­fi­cials haven’t been able to se­cure fund­ing for per­ma­nent flood bar­ri­ers fol­low­ing a dev­as­tat­ing flood in 2008.

“The city had eight years to do this but de­cided to throw up a tem­po­rary sys­tem in three days,” said Jim Soukup in the Czech Vil­lage neigh­bor­hood, which was largely empty af­ter thou­sands heeded a vol­un­tary evac­u­a­tion ahead of the river’s an­tic­i­pated crest on Tues­day.

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