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Cedar Rapids approves $600 million flood plan

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The purple lines will be levees, blue lines will be permanent walls, yellow parts will be gates and red dashed lines will be removable walls. The purple lines will be levees, blue lines will be permanent walls, yellow parts will be gates and red dashed lines will be removable walls.
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The Cedar Rapids City Council approved a $600 million flood plan on Tuesday night.

It will take 20 years to fully complete the plan.

"The goal is to be as beautiful and transparent as possible," said Cedar Rapids council member Ann Poe.

Levees and removable walls will be built throughout downtown and the Time Check area.

One levee that is already in place is the amphitheater. It also has removable walls.

Poe says this is the largest construction project that Cedar Rapids will ever see, and they want to do it right.

Those who live in the Time Check area along the river where the levee will be built will have to move.

They are last on the list to be constructed and, since this is a 20-year plan, they have time.

Rob Davis, the city's flood control program manager, said that the purpose of this plan is to protect as many properties as  possible from flooding.
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