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Floods of 2013 costing one Eastern Iowa city $1 million

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City crews got to work this week, preparing flood damaged holes at Jones Golf Course in Cedar Rapids so they'll be ready to re-open next season.

"This winter we're going to continue to analyze some of the great ideas and some of the questions that came up about what is the other impact to the other city golf courses or what are some other solutions to flooding that we can explore," said Sven Leff, Director of Parks and Recreation. 

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department considered converting the course to a nine-hole course, since the back nine holes are flood-prone. Converting the course would have cost less than $12,000. Fixing the course costs more than $32,000 but officials believe it may be cheaper in the long run.

"The cash that might have gone in to doing a little bit of work might have appeared shorter in the direct costs but the greater impact and the domino effect could have been greater," said Leff.

The golf course wasn't the only flooded area of the city this spring. Cheyenne Dog Park closed for weeks. There was damage to some of the city's infrastructure. Even the new city hall, open for just a year, had water damage in the basement. Critical operations there are on upper levels.

"I think that's important that people understand that we're not just building back in the flood prone area without any protection," said Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids Mayor. 

The total cost is totaling around $1 million. Leaders say the extra insurance the city invested in following the record flooding in 2008 should cover most of this year's costs.

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