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Five month planning process begins in Cedar Rapids

by Jason Epner

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The city of Cedar Rapids is taking the next steps in flood recovery efforts.  Saturday, the city kicked off a five month planning process on how to rebuild the city of five seasons.  

Hundreds of people met at the Crowne Plaza Hotel to share their vision of a new Cedar Rapids.

Some were directly affected, others came to share their ideas with the community, but for everyone, it was a chance to make his or her voice heard.

Virgina Wilts lost her childhood home in the Czech Village due to the summer flood, a place that her family had lived for 61 years.  For Wilts, rebuilding is a collective effort.

"What affects us now, and how these things are going to happen, the flood walls, are things that we can also take ownership in," said Virginia Wilts.

More than 200 people turned out at Saturday's Neighborhood Planning Kick-off with similar visions, getting a chance to have their say in the rebuilding of some 37 hundred acres, eight percent of the city area.

"We're building a community for today's residents but also for the next generation," said Community Development Director Christine Butterfield.

It's another step, in a lengthy process, helping to bridge the gap between community members and city leaders for a better future, and it's all based on communication.

Online Reporter: Jason Epner
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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