Nov 30, 2018

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Flood Protection System Receives Funds

With the partnership with USACE, the city is ready to begin construction on the east side flood protection project

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cleared to begin flood control project
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, cleared to begin flood control project

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, city officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a project partnership agreement for a flood protection system on the east side of the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids to be completed within five years.

The agreement will tap into $117.48 million approved by Congress in July, of which the city will be responsible for 35%, as reported by The Cedar Rapids Gazette. USACE will manage the construction as nine separate contracts, including installing remaining pumps in a previously installed pump station and completing gatewells to control backups in the underground sewer system. The project will also include installing a levee segment near the African-American Museum of Iowa.

“We have five years to spend that money and get working,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart. “We are already working and we will continue working to protect our city.”

The full east side project is projected to cost $245 million, which will only partially be covered by the federal funds. Also not covered by the funds is $15 million to extend a flood wall around Cedar Lake and larger pump stations.

In the meantime, work continues on the west side flood control system, with an estimated cost of $245 million. While the master plan aims to complete the west side flood control system in the early 2030s, the system may be completed sooner.

“The quicker we can get this done, the lower the cost overall,” said Rob Davis, Cedar Rapids flood control manager. “It may allow for acceleration of the west side.”