Cedar Rapids reflects on flood six years later - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Cedar Rapids reflects on flood six years later

Posted: Updated:
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - June 2008 -- a month Cedar Rapids won't forget. The Cedar River flooded the city like it never had before.

"The house flooded to just below the bottom of the first floor window," said Richard Campbell, who lives in Cedar Rapids. "We stripped it to the studs and rebuilt it. It was a lot of work."

Campbell has been living in his home for decades and his family wanted to remain in their home on the city's northwest side.

But if you look at his block, Campbell's home is really one of the last standing. The rest are mostly gone as people moved out, their homes knocked down.

"I'd like to see single-family houses back in here," said Campbell.

But Campbell says his home is in the 100-year flood plain, so he doesn't expect any rebuilding until after the long-awaited flood protection arrives.

Until recently, a lot of the talk about flood protection focused on the east side of the Cedar River. But that all changed a few months ago when the city secured nearly $264 million from the state, which means it's also going to be able to build flood walls and levees here on the west side.

"It's been a huge year for us and some people may wonder why it took so long, construction didn't start immediately but it took us a while to get the plan put together with the Corps of Engineers and lobby Congress and lobby the Iowa Legislature and the Governor," said
Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids Mayor.

Since the fifth anniversary last year, many of the city building projects have wrapped up.

Corbett says that's inspiring more private sector investment like trucking company CRST's new $36 million headquarters, which will be built just off the Cedar River.
  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Wartburg music professor will conduct Iowa All-State Choir

    Wartburg music professor will conduct Iowa All-State Choir

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-07-30 11:19:59 GMT
    Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College director of choral activities, has been selected to conduct the 68th annual Iowa All-State Choir in November.According to the Wartburg Marketing and Communications, the associate professor of music will conduct the 600 selected singers during their Iowa Music Festival performance at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.More than 3,000 students will audition this fall for the annual concert that dates back to 1946.“It is the most presti...More >>
    Dr. Lee Nelson, Wartburg College director of choral activities, has been selected to conduct the 68th annual Iowa All-State Choir in November.According to the Wartburg Marketing and Communications, the associate professor of music will conduct the 600 selected singers during their Iowa Music Festival performance at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.More than 3,000 students will audition this fall for the annual concert that dates back to 1946.“It is the most presti...More >>
  • Dog searches for bombs and protects troops

    Dog searches for bombs and protects troops

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:47:06 GMT
    A U.S. Marine from Cedar Falls and his dog, are making it safer for their fellow soldiers. Taylor Cross, 21, is a Marine corporal and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2012. He is the caretaker and trainer for Vito, an explosive detector. They both are currently serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan.More >>
    A U.S. Marine from Cedar Falls and his dog, are making it safer for their fellow soldiers. Taylor Cross, 21, is a Marine corporal and graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 2012. He is the caretaker and trainer for Vito, an explosive detector. They both are currently serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan.
    More >>
  • Frederika restaurant burns down

    Frederika restaurant burns down

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:58 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:58:38 GMT
    Firefighters spent the night battling a large fire at the Bottomz Up restaurant in Frederika.More >>
    Firefighters spent the night battling a large fire at the Bottomz Up restaurant in Frederika.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.