- Hearing Held on Bird Flu
- Haze Fills E. Iowa Skies
- Video Shows Former Player Hit Woman
- More Trouble for Paula Deen
- Senate GOP Balks at Cuba Restrictions
- Netflix Announces Film Initiative Dates
- Confederate Flag Flies in Florida
- Thousands Expected to See Pope
- Prison Officials Move Inmates
- Branstad: Special Session Unlikely
- DBQ Unique Home Buying Incentives
- Move to Facility Blamed for Death
- Report: Jared from Subway Under Investigation
- One Dead in Ice Cave Collapse
- World's Oldest Man Dies
- Scare at MN Bear Exhibit
- Starbuck's Raises Prices
- POTUS Enjoying Twitter Freedom
- Immigrant "Sanctuary" Policy Under Fire
- Iran Nuke Talks Continue Past Deadline
- Movie Tax Credit Decision
- Canadian Wildfires Causing Issues in IA
- CR Crime Stats Frustrate Police
- Service Dog Awareness From Viral Post
- Vernon Inn To Be Demolished Soon
- Iowa City Man Victim of Email Hack
- KY Clerk Wants Online Marriage Licenses
- U.S. Markets Close Modestly Lower
- Police Release Robbery Suspect Description
- College Readiness Report, Hispanics Behind
- Iowa Officials Promote Travel Deals
- Industry Report: Room for Improvement
- Cosby Admission Released
- Iowa City Converting Streetlights
- Shelly Johns Sentenced
- Pres. Forums on Minority Communities
- Corridor City Most Expensive to Live
- Iran Demands Lifting of Arms Embargo
- Rain, Crash Disrupt Daytona
- Kunis and Kutcher Tie The Knot
- Grateful Dead Tops Record
- No Evidence of Gunshot at Walter Reed
- Greece More Likely to Leave Eurozone
- CR Police Investigate Shooting
- Branstad Explains Budget Decisions
- Vietnam Vets Exhibit in Waterloo
- Two Waterloo Inmates Missing
- Montrose Adds Auxiliary Officers
- Greek Finance Minister Resigns
- ROAD TRIPPIN': Summer Sounds of Cedar Rapids
Downtown Businesses Brace for Possible Flooding
Updated: Monday, June 3 2013, 08:33 AM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--It’s hard to recognize the New Bohemia district through the rows of sandbags, concrete slabs and orange cones.
“It looks like a war zone again,” said Jeff Melsha, owner of Little Bohemia bar and restaurant.
As flood protection lines the outside of downtown businesses, inside business owners like Melsha aren’t taking any chances of having a repeat of the floods of 2008.
“We moved everything out of the basement,” Melsha said.
“We learned our lesson the last time,” he said. “In 2008, we were out of business for two and a half years.”
He’s kept his kitchen closed for the past three days, using it to store equipment and merchandise.
But each day of not serving food is two to three thousand dollars down the drain.
“This is scary that it could happen again,” Melsha said.
The city has nearly a dozen trucks circling the neighborhood, making sure storm plugs and more than 60 concrete barriers are secure.
But even with that protection, businesses are taking matters into their own hands.
Newbo Books has completely cleared out.
A few doors down, Parlor City installed valves to keep sewer water from flooding their basement.
“It will let water drain down if we had any water in here,” said owner Nick Jelinek.
They’ve also elevated $30,000 worth of merchandise just in case.
“We’re still open,” Jelinek said. “We’ll stay open ‘til the water gets us out. But there’s a lot at stake here.”