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Culver asks flood victims to stay hopeful through holidays

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- City leaders and residents of Cedar Rapids met at the St. Wenceslaus Church on Tuesday, to remember the disaster that struck back in June. During the service, Culver said it's also important to remember how important hope has been in keeping the community together, and how important it will be to rebuild the city.

"For those who have lost so much this season, during the tornadoes and storms and floods, it was a time to be sad," said Culver. "But now is a time to heal and a time to hope."

The governor brought with him a message of optimism, and news that he would be meeting with local leaders Tuesday afternoon to discuss the rebuilding process for 2009.

"I'm looking forward to reconvening and working with the legislature in just a few weeks, to come up with a flood relief package that will in all likelihood include direct financial assistance."

Lisa Kuzela says it's important for she and other flood victims to stay positive, but that it's difficult with lots of red tape still standing between them and the relief they need.

"It's not the flood that really was the disaster, it was what happened afterwards, with the bureaucracy that we're dealing with." That's a problem Governor Culver says he's trying to solve.

"We understand the frustration, the challenges. That's one of the reasons I'm here today, is to work through some of those obstacles."

Linn County Board Chair Linda Langston asked those still struggling to stay together, in a season of hope.

"In our reflections in the quiet of our homes, as we gather with family and with friends, we ask you all for your prayers and support, for guidance towards a time of hope, recovery, and leadership."

Online Reporter: Brady Smith

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