Officials say Waterloo's leaking inflatable dam is fixed

Waterloo has hired an engineering firm to help guide repairs to the inflatable dam on the Cedar River downtown. (Photo Courtesy: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)
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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Officials say the leaking inflatable dam on the Cedar River in downtown Waterloo has been fixed.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that contractors found a slit in the half-inch-thick rubber and repaired it.

Associate city engineer Wayne Castle said the final cost of the project will be significantly below the original $388,350 contract approved in November. He figures it will be just under $220,000.

The city has inflated the bladder dam since 2009, raising the Cedar River level by about 4 feet to enhance boating. It's usually inflated in June and deflated in October.