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Hoping to protect city, Cedar Rapids looking at flood systems

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

As the City of Cedar Rapids works to see flood protection on both sides of the Cedar River, the city is researching different systems that could work.

The city is in the long-term process of building a series of flood walls and levees down the river.

On Tuesday, a company brought in its floodgate equipment. The system, once installed, does not require a person to activate it. As the water rises, the floodgates automatically rise and stay up until the water level decreases.

City employees say they're not sure whether the system will be purchased, but think it could work well at a roadway crossing or someplace where it would be hard to construct walls.

"We realize that one solution does not fit the whole system, and so every segment needs to be really well-thought through," said Sandy Pumphrey, project engineer. "What makes sense in this particular area may not here, and so on."

Flood protection on both sides of the Cedar River is a long-term project that will take several years to complete.

The city has been working to protect both sides of the river since the devastating floods of 2008, and secured nearly $264 million in state money last year.

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