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Cedar Rapids to Host Resource Fair

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)-The City of Cedar Rapids will be holding a Community Resource Fair to connect residents with support agencies following weather disasters like the recent flash flooding.

One neighborhood was hit hard by flood waters and are still recovering.

"It looked like white water rapids. We had children's plastic toys floating all over," Allan Butler said.

Flood waters damaged parts of the Butler's home but they are having to pay out of pocket to save it.

"My insurance isn't going to do anything for the house," Butler said.

But the city is hoping the resource fair will help homeowners, like the Butlers, get back on their feet after weather disasters.

"We are really trying to help insure that lots of recovery is happening," Cedar Rapids Development Services Communications Coordinator Emily Muhlbach said.

The fair will host organizations, non-profits and businesses in one room.

The city hopes it'll help reduce the challenge of navigating where everything is at.

"I think there has been so many challenges, one after the other, whether it's a flood or a storm," Muhlbach said.

An effort to showcase resources that could help homeowners save time and money after a disaster.

But insurance companies can also help homeowners save money in the long run.

"If for three, four-hundred dollars you can cover that risk than I would say that's a pretty good investment," Ed Faber said.

Ed Faber is an insurance agent for Ed Faber Shelter Insurance.

Faber said homeowners should check to see if they have a sewage or drain back up endorsement.

"A misconception is that people can't get flood insurance because they don't live in a flood plain," Faber said.

Faber also said some homeowners may be able to get preferred rates. He recommended residents speak with their local insurance agent for more information on if they are in a flood plain or how they could receive help.

For now, the Butlers are taking it day by day and thanking the community for the help they have received.

"We don't want to be in there at night or when it's raining," Butler said.

The Community Resource Fair will be Wednesday, July 16, from 4-7 p.m. in the Beems Auditorium B at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

The fair is free and open to the public.

Local agencies, support groups and city representatives will be at the fair to answer questions and address concerns.

Some organizations that will be at the fair include Alliant Energy, United Way 2-1-1, the American Red Cross Eastern Iowa Area, Horizons: A Family Service Alliance, Iowa Legal Aid, and Metro Catholic Outreach.

For further information, contact the city here.
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