Cedar Rapids to install next section of Czech Village levee

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- Cedar Rapids will begin the next phase of the Czech Village flood levee next week. This section will go from Bowling Street to 16th Avenue southwest. Part of the project will be the installation of gate wells which prevent sanitary sewer back ups during flooding.

The first permanent levee on the west side of the Cedar River will begin construction later this year. The Cedar Rapids city council approved going out for bids at a meeting Tuesday.

The project is ahead of schedule, and the city's using the winter months to do the work because the Cedar River is lower. It is scheduled to be complete by 2020.

Once all the flood levees in Czech Village are in place, they'll stretch from the Linn County Solid Waste Agency to 16th Avenue Southwest. They'll offer protection up to the level of the 2008 flood crest, which was just over 31 feet.