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Flood Protection Plans For Mays Island

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Linn County leaders are taking a new look at flood protection in Cedar Rapids.

The city has received funding for protection on the east side and west side of the river, but so far, nothing is addressing Mays Island which sits right in the middle.

Plans for protecting Mays Island are still in the early stages.

Which Linn County supervisors say begins with answering some very important questions about the options available to them.

This June will mark six years since flood waters swept through much of the City of Cedar Rapids.

After much work, funds are now available to protect some areas of the city, but others are uncertain.

"Clearly we're going to have to get started. Given that the City of Cedar Rapids is off to a good start on flood protection, said Linn County Supervisor, John Harris.

There is no plan yet to protect the Linn county court house jail and veterans memorial building on Mays Island 

"Do we have to build a new flood wall for the Island or do we not build a flood wall and insure, said Harris.

Supervisor John Harris says while there's some insurance to help in case of a flood, the supervisors talked at their meeting Tuesday morning about conducting a study to determine the best solution.

"The study is going to tell us what the estimates are as far as water level with the city's flood walls in place, said Harris.

Meanwhile the City of Cedar Rapids is also looking into the issue.

City administrators say they had Mays Island in mind when they applied for flood funding.

"Flood protection for the Island was part of that application but we listed it as an alternative or an alternate, Joseph OHern Executive Administrator.

That's because they knew they had limited funding available.

"Hopefully as this project goes forward, we will continue to look at flood protection for the Island and we'll be happy to, OHern said.

As for that study there isn't a set date yet. Supervisor John Harris says it will cost somewhere around 20 million dollars to protect the island.
 
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