Go Cedar Rapids plans festival in honor of 10th anniversary of historic flood

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A three-day festival will take over Cedar Rapids this summer in honor of the 10th anniversary of the historic 2008 flood.

Little Bohemia is reflected in floodwaters at the intersection of 14th Avenue SE and Third Street SE as the sun rises Wednesday morning, June 11, 2008, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette/KCRG-TV9)

The Cedar River crested on June 13th, 2008 at 31.1 feet. Flood waters impacted more than 10 square miles of the city.

Go Cedar Rapids is organizing this festival.

Today, the city council approved a $250,000 advance on hotel and motel tax revenue for Go Cedar Rapids.

The group can't say yet exactly how it'll use that money, but says it'll bring in music groups and art vendors.

The CEO of GO Cedar Rapids says it'll be a way to remind people about the city's flood recovery.

"Less looking back and more looking at where we're at today and where we can be still," Aaron McCreight said. "We're still growing and we're still imagining what we can be and can do and this festival really will have a finger on that pulse."

The party will take place August third through the fifth.

Go Cedar Rapids will announce performers and locations sometime after Thanksgiving.