Cedar Rapids discusses permanent flood protection

Published: Sep. 26, 2016 at 8:13 PM CDT
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Cedar Rapids is primarily relying on hesco barriers for this flood. There's 10 miles of these barriers lining the city.

City leaders say they're confident these will hold 26 feet. However water could touch the bottom of those barriers once flood levels reach 20 or 21 feet.

Mayor Ron Corbett says the city is working for a more permanent flood protection system. But that protection could cost about 500-million dollars.

The city has asked voters twice to approve funding for flood protection.

Voters said no both times.

Recently, Mayor Corbett says federal lawmakers have approved funding, but have not appropriated it.

"We're working with the state and they've provided funding mechanism. Unfortunately the federal government hasn't released any funds to do the construction or their piece of it. So we continue to lobby our congress people, and also the President and the office of budget and management so maybe this event will trigger action from Washington D.C. To get those resources to construct permanent long term flood protection," Corbett said.