Construction to Start on Cedar Rapids Animal Shelter Hit by 2008 Flood

The Cedar River continues to rise around City Hall and May's Island Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2008. The river rose above record levels Thursday, and is expected to crest Friday morning. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Construction is beginning on a new facility for a Cedar Rapids animal shelter destroyed by major flooding.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled March 20 for a new facility for Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control. The group's building was destroyed by historic flooding that hit the city in 2008.

The shelter has continued to help adopt animals despite not having a permanent facility. The shelter's new location will be on the campus of Kirkwood Community College.

The facility is expected to open in October.

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