CEDAR RAPIDS — Residents and business owners in Cedar Rapids continue to adjust after many homes and workplaces were closed during the recent flood. Throughout the city, roads have been reopened and sandbags are stacked on the edges of properties.
Emily Mulbach, communications coordinator from the Cedar Rapids City Manager’s Office, provided some important information as flood cleanup continues.
Q: Are any roadways still closed following the flood?
A: We still see some closures in low-lying areas, but access to downtown and surrounding districts has been re-established. Exit ramps are open as are F and E avenues, although there are still lane reductions in place as the Iowa Department of Transportation finishes a project there. The full list of road closures is online at cedar-rapids.org.
Q: Is sandbag removal underway?
A: Residents are asked not to place sandbags in their collection carts. Residents can take the sandbags to two drop-off locations: Noelridge Aquatic Center parking lot, 1248 42nd St. NE, or Ellis Park, 2000 Ellis Boulevard NW, by the tennis courts. The sites are open for drop-offs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are to remain open through Oct. 10. Residents not able to haul sandbags can leave them on their property at the end of their driveway, at the curb or, if the home is on a low-traffic roadway, in the street, leaving enough space between the curb and the sandbags to allow stormwater runoff. Free pickup is to begin Oct. 10 and run for three weeks.
Q: Has the city found any other damage to roadways, bridges or other city property?
A: We did not identify any concerns following the bridge inspections, and in the coming days our crews will be able to assess for any issues with our underground infrastructure.
Q: What else is the city doing to clean up?
A: Crews are currently working to remove HESCO barriers and clean up areas that were used as sites for flood protection measures. The priority was on restoring access to roads and bridges, and we will continue the cleanup efforts in residential areas. This process will continue for the next several days.
Q: Where can people find updates?
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A: Residents or businesses still in the process of moving back into their homes can find safety reminders on cedar-rapids.org.