Friday Morning Read: Flood insurance costs rise, conference in Coralville addresses opioid crisis, two pool greats in Cedar Rapids

Jon Bogert (left) with Anderson Bogert Engineering talks to Cedar Rapids City Council member Scott Olson on Friday, as they stand on the bicycle and pedestrian trail atop the new Sinclair levee in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Jon Bogert (left) with Anderson Bogert Engineering talks to Cedar Rapids City Council member Scott Olson on Friday, as they stand on the bicycle and pedestrian trail atop the new Sinclair levee in southeast Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Flood insurance costs up - Recent catastrophic disasters such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have sent flood insurance costs soaring around the nation, stretching the budget for flood-prone cities such as Cedar Rapids.

The city faced a 24 percent, one-year jump worth about $200,000 during negotiations last fall. But its insurance policy manager, TrueNorth of Cedar Rapids, negotiated the rate down to 8 percent at the last minute. Read the full story about the increases in costs here.

 

Addressing the opioid crisis- Furthering education on addiction and addiction treatment may be the key to addressing the opioid crisis that has killed tens of thousands across the country, according to a California-based psychiatrist.

Spreading awareness was the goal of Dr. David Mee-Lee, national expert on substance use and substance use disorders who spoke in Coralville Thursday as part of a two-day conference to help health care professionals gain the tools to identify and treat addiction in their practices. Read the full story about the conference here.

 

Two pool greats in Cedar Rapids - Two of the best pool players in the world played each other here Wednesday night and almost no one knew it.

In the back of 2nd Avenue Corner PocketRonato “Ronnie” Alcano and Lee Vann Corteza of the Philippines played a match of 10-ball, a game in which you must make the balls in numerical order. The first to win 25 games was the winner. Alcano got on several nice runs, and prevailed in the two-hour contest, 25-13.

Alcano won $500 that was put up by sponsors. Corteza got $250. It was live-streamed on the internet, but few viewed it. Read the full story of this matchup here.

 

Women's March Round 2 - A year after millions of people around the globe took to the streets for the Women’s March, activists are planning marches again, including one in Iowa City on Saturday morning.

The day begins on the Pedestrian Mall near the Weatherdance Fountain at 9 a.m., with speakers at 9:30 a.m., including newly elected Iowa City Council member Mazahir Salih. Read the full story about the planned march here

 

Open House on Flood Protection - A public open house is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, to review and solicit feedback on several flood control initiatives that are underway.

The meeting is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, and will include a brief presentation at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Parking is available in the museum garage or adjacent to the museum. Read about what is going to be discussed and shown here.

 

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