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City of CR Talks Flood Defense

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Cedar Rapids city leaders work to prevent future flooding. As we approach the Cedar Rivers crest, it seems as if the city avoided the worst, with nothing coming close to resembling 2008. It doesn't mean officials arent concerned about future flooding.

Tuesday the city took another step in the quest for flood protection. The council voted to move forward with contract negotiations with the firms selected to build the project.

Pending final contract approval by the council, Stanley Consultants will work on east side flood protection. The other group is led by HR Green Incorporated. They will take care of flood protection on the west side.
Both groups are comprised of local and state firms with flood mitigation experience. Eastern Iowa will benefit the most from the economic impact. A minimum of 80% to 85% of this work will be done by local firms.

The entire project will cost $500 million. The city already has $260 million from the state. They're waiting for final approval of funds from congress, but its not stopping them from moving ahead.
We want to be prepared, says David Elgin, Cedar Rapids Public Works Director. The strategy is be prepared to get that design finalized and construction started as soon as those dollars are available so we don't lose the time value of that money.

This won't be a quick project. It's scheduled out over the next two decades or so. However, you may see the beginning stages of construction as early as next year.
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