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Northwest Cedar Rapids neighborhood talks flood protection

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - In Cedar Rapids, the Time Check neighborhood now has many empty lots where homes once stood.

"(It was) very difficult," said Stella Wilson, a 2008 flood survivor. "I was happy that I was off during summer, but I was concerned about a lot of our students because I'd been working here at Harrison as a lunch lady manager for many years and a lot of the kids have been most of my family."

Now, flood protection is on the way -- the city is holding a meeting to ask the neighborhood what it wants to see.

"For a while there we didn't know if they were going to do anything for our side of town, and we're pretty excited that we're going to get protection also," said Wilson.

People living in the northwest Cedar Rapids neighborhood actually submitted a petition to the city to make this workshop happen.

That's because some fear their homes are going to be bought out by the city in order to build the flood protection.

"At the end of the day, will everybody be happy with the alignment? No," said Ann Poe, Cedar Rapids city council member. "But at the end of the day will people have the opportunity to talk about it and discuss it and feel like they had input? Absolutely."

More than six years after the flood, many are glad to see how the area has moved forward.

New homes have been built and a new Recreation Center is finally on the way to replace one lost in 2008. It's the city's final project being built with money from FEMA.
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