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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Iowa lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are teaming up to push the Army Corps of Engineers to help an eastern Iowa city.


Congressmen Rod Blum and Dave Loebsack have written the Army Corps, asking them make Cedar Rapids flood protection a priority. It's been a strong push by Iowa's congressional delegation since the floods of 2008.


Last year congress authorized the project but there have been delays preventing the project from moving forward.

“The residents and businesses in downtown Cedar Rapids have waited too long to get the protection necessary to prevent future devastation. I have been fighting since the Floods of 2008 to get these protection measures approved by Congress and signed into law by the President, as well as delivering more than $4 billion in disaster assistance to help Iowa rebuild. While we can’t predict what future weather will bring, we have to get these flood protection measures in place quickly so downtown Cedar Rapids can continue its recovery and thrive,” said Congressman Loebsack, in a statement.

This project has already been authorized by Congress, and it’s my hope that the Army Corps of Engineers recognizes the importance of the project so it can move forward in a timely fashion. Ensuring that the community of Cedar Rapids never again experiences the devastation of 2008 is critical, and I look forward to working with the Corps, my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle, and local Cedar Rapids officials to expedite this process so the city can receive the funds designated by Congress,” said Blum.

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