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As flood span gets specific, questions keep coming


Roy Sadler and his wife wanted to see up close and personal the proposed flood protection plan for Cedar Rapids.

"Basically I was wondering what they had set for the lines for the new levee and the green space that it would create," says Roy Sadler.

Roy was forced to move his trucking business after the June flood because his building near the river filled with eleven feet of water.

He came to both give and hear ideas.

"They're still asking and wanting feedback so there's nothing that I've seen that was cut in stone yet," Sadler says.

This is third in a series of open houses at the Crowne Plaza.   As the city creeps closer to a plan, the questions keep coming.

"What does it mean?"

"How's that work?"

"Where's the levee going to end up?"

"The more specific you get, the more questions you are going to have," says Igor Andersen of Sasaki Associates.

"This affects our whole life, not just our homes," says Cedar Rapids resident Janet Douglas.  "And it affects everyone in the city, not just the people that have been flooded."

Lee Wittman was flooded out of his home on Ellis Boulevard.   He wanted to know where the proposed flood wall would be.

"Looks like it might go right through the house," Wittman says.

His concerns are shared by many.   But while questions keep coming, most here admit it's a positive sign that plans are beginning to come together.

"It's becoming more clear," says Wittman.  "I think it's becoming more clear."

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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