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New gauges for post-flood Cedar River

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- The federal government is set to install two new river gauges in the Cedar River, upstream from Cedar Rapids.

Local officials just need to figure out who will foot the bill.

The U.S. Geological Survey and Linn County, Palo and Cedar Rapids will likely share the cost of the two gauges. They would be installed on the river at Vinton and Palo.

The June failure of the USGS river gauge upstream from the Eighth Avenue bridge was partially responsible for woefully inaccurate flood predictions in Cedar Rapids.

The gauge failed two days before the river crested, when it lost electrical power and a battery backup didn't work.

The new gauges are expected to cost about $17,500 each. Maintaining them costs $7,000 each per year.

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