Flood Protection for Cedar Rapids' Sun Valley Neighborhood Moves Ahead
By Rick Smith, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Flood protection is taking another step ahead in the Sun Valley Neighborhood along Indian Creek, but it will be another year before a berm is in place there.
The Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday approved plans to spend an estimated $370,000 to extend a storm sewer on Sunland Court SE, Sunland Drive SE and Cottage Grove Parkway SE in preparation later this year for the construction of a flood-protection berm between the creek and the neighborhood later this year.
According to city engineers, the berm along Cottage Grove Parkway SE will stand one foot above the 500-year flood mark, which would protect the neighborhood against a flood the size of the 2002 record flash-flood in the neighborhood.
A final phase of work will extend a berm north from Indian Creek to protect the neighborhood in event that flood water comes at it from the Cottage Grove Avenue SE area.
In September 2013, a first phase of storm sewer work in the neighborhood was completed.
Last year, the City Council approved the use of leftover revenue from the city's local-option sales tax for flood recovery to pay for the Sun Valley Neighborhood protection.