City 'unsure' what emergency declaration for border wall could mean for flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- President Trump said he will likely declare a national emergency to fund a border wall with Mexico at some point and that money could come from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Cedar Rapids city officials said they are watching the current situation closely but even they remain in the dark as to if it could impact plans for flood protection along the Cedar River.

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)

In all, the city is planning on receiving $117 million in federal assistance. It was back in November Cedar Rapids signed an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers.

On Friday, the Corps said they have not been alerted to "any potential impacts on funding".

Cedar Rapids spokesperson Maria Johnson said in the wake of the President's remarks they too have been in touch with the Army Corps of Engineers. Nevertheless, Johnson said the city is "uncertain" if there could be an impact for Cedar Rapids.

"We are looking into this to ensure relief for Cedar Rapids is not impacted. Initial conversations with the Army Corps indicate that criteria are in place that would prevent the Cedar Rapids project from being impacted," said Liz Bowman, a spokesperson for Senator Ernst.

Senator Grassley said in his view it is to early to know if there could be any potential impact from a declaration but he did add, "I've asked the Army Corps about the status of funding for Cedar Rapids and any potential impact an executive order might have."

Johnson also said they too are in touch with their congressional delegation.