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Obama signs bill to help Cedar Rapids prevent flood damage

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - It's been six years -- almost to the day -- since Cedar Rapids saw record flooding, and now President Obama has taken action.

On Tuesday, Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act into law. The bill specifically includes the Army Corps of Engineers' Cedar Rapids flood protection project.

The Army Corps approved the series of flood walls and levies for the east side of the Cedar River in 2011. However, the Army Corps needs approval before it can build. New projects are included in the WRRDA bill. 

This bill is also the first step to getting money from the federal government to pay for flood protection. 

The Army Corps did not approve a project for the west side of the Cedar River, though, city leaders in Cedar Rapids say they are dedicated to building flood protection on both sides of the river to prevent the devastation the city saw in 2008.

The City of Cedar Rapids has already secured nearly $264 million from the state to cover the costs of building flood protection on both sides of the Cedar River. The city will also come up with money on its own over the next 20 years.
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