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Flood: What's Next


As demolition crews delivered the final blows to the former A&W restaurant on Ellis Boulevard it leads some people to wonder when Cedar Rapids might finally be able to declare the city recovered from the record flooding of 2008.  Residents of the corridor witnessed celebrations all across town with the opening of the refurbished U.S.Cellular Center,   Czech Museum, new downtown library and impressive Central Fire Station.  After 5 years of flood recovery it begs the question, are we done yet?


Larry Nelson says no.    it seems like theyre putting all the money downtown.

Nelson spent the last 25 years in the Time Check Neighborhood.  He rebuilt his home and is now helping his daughter rebuild hers, but he says real recovery means his neighbors coming back.


" it would mean more houses and more people down here and of course a dog park.  "


Entire neighborhoods disappeared around him, unlike anywhere else in the city.


Cedar Rapids city council member  Don Karr  says its true  many areas are back and better than before.    The downtown district looks great .. the Newbo district looks great. "


But councilman Karr says there is a list of top priorities befor anyone can declare a full flood recovery.  He says it includes adding at least 8 feet to the height of the levee along the river, expanding Time Check Park and building new homes for those forced to leave.


  " The hardworking blue collar people who choose to live here by Ellis Park live by the river enjoy it .. they want to embrace it and don't want to lose that ..  they are not scared of the river. "

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