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Cedar Rapids details progress since the flood


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) – City officials in Cedar Rapids are updating the public on the city's progress since from the floods of 2008. On Friday morning the mayor held flood recovery and progress report at the former Federal Courthouse in downtown.

The city has demolished more than 700 of an estimated 1300 flood damaged homes at a cost of $10 million dollars.

The total disbursements for housing recovery is at $65.8 million and $41.6 million was spent on business recovery.

"I believe that our best days are still ahead of us and that gives me hope. not only does it give me hope but I'm actually excited and enthusiastic about the future of Cedar Rapids," said Mayor Ron Corbett.

Not everyone, however, is happy with the way the city is spending it's money. More than a dozen people showed up to voice their concerns.

"All of these millions and millions of dollars have gone into rebuilding our neighborhoods. I had a 120 year old neighborhood and it's gone because these guys are greedy and wanted to put up a billion dollar flood wall that won't protect us from a flood," said flood victim, Ajai Dittmar.

Many of the construction projects involving city facilities are expected to begin in the summer and fall of 2011. These construction projects include the City Services Facility, Public Works Building, Cedar Rapids Public Library, and both the Central Fire Station and West Side Fire Station.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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