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Flood Mitigation funding approved for Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City, Coralville & Waverly

Flood Mitigation funding approved for Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City, Coralville & Waverly

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The Iowa Flood Mitigation Board approved applications for flood protection projects, totaling around $4 million Wednesday in Des Moines.

Applications for Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City, Coralville and Waverly were all approved.

Cedar Rapids received the lion’s share of the available funds with nearly $264 million dollars going to flood protection efforts in the city of five seasons--that's half the cost of building flood protection on both sides of the Cedar River.

Now the City of Cedar Rapids is looking for more than $70 million from the federal government and will pay for the rest of the project on its own. The City is continuing to work with the Army Corps of Engineers on design of the east side project, and now that this funding is secure, they can start designing the west side project.

Dubuque's request for $98 million for the long-talked about Bee Branch Watershed project was also approved. The mayor says now the project is looking at a timeline of 20 years -- instead of 50.

Iowa City applied for nearly $8.5 million. It means the city can demolish the North Wastewater Treatment Plant which was destroyed by the floods of 2008.

Coralville's request was for almost $9.8 million. The money will help finish the city's flood projects in the areas devastated in 2008.

Waverly's approved application for $5.65 million will fund the second phase of flood mitigation projects there at the Dry Run Creek Channel. The goal is to prevent to flooding levels the city saw in 2008 and 1999.

This money for all the projects is coming from projected growth in sales tax revenue over the next 20 years.

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