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City in Iowa receives approval for $6.6M levee project

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given final approval to an estimated $6.6 million project to improve the flood control levee in an Iowa city.

Cedar Falls Mayor Jim Brown says the city received word from the Corps on Wednesday. The project would raise the flood control levee in the downtown area by 3 feet. The levee was built in the late 1990s.

The city has seen two major floods in the last eight years. The 2008 flood almost overtopped the existing levee, and the 2016 flood nearly broke that record.

City officials have been working on the plan for five years, and state funding was secured in 2014.

City Administrator Ron Gaines says he hopes the project will take two years to build.
 

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