Flood 2016

Georgia senator praises Cedar Rapids flood response

Hundreds of volunteers fill sandbags at the former Kmart on Williams Blvd and 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Sandbags are being delivered all over the city as neighborhoods prepare for the second worst flood in history after 2008. The Cedar River is expected to crest early this week. (Liz Zabel/The Gazette)
Hundreds of volunteers fill sandbags at the former Kmart on Williams Blvd and 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Sandbags are being delivered all over the city as neighborhoods prepare for the second worst flood in history after 2008. The Cedar River is expected to crest early this week. (Liz Zabel/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Georgia Sen. David Perdue, who recalled filling sandbags during the 2008 Cedar Rapids flood, praised the city’s response to that flood and to more recent flooding.

The Georgia Republican called Cedar Rapids a national model for emergency response based on the example of how a community takes care of itself.

Cedar Rapids, he said Friday, did receive state and federal assistance and used it appropriately. What impressed him was that as the floodwater was rising, the community “didn’t wait for someone else to fix the problem. They stood up and fixed it.”

That response is very different from what he’s seen in some Georgia communities that are dealing with floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew, said Perdue, who was an Alliant Energy board member in 2008 and in Cedar Rapids during the 2008 flood.

He was in Cedar Rapids Friday to campaign for Sen. Chuck Grassley’s re-election.

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