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Cedar Rapids open house to update flood control plans

Event will review NewBo, industry, greenways

(FILE PHOTO) Teresa Stadelmann, HR Green project manager, points out flood-control plans for the west side of the river to Mike Bailey, Operations Manager at Per Mar Security, during an open house on the flood control system at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Bailey was interested in how flood control plans would affect their downtown clients, including the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(FILE PHOTO) Teresa Stadelmann, HR Green project manager, points out flood-control plans for the west side of the river to Mike Bailey, Operations Manager at Per Mar Security, during an open house on the flood control system at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in downtown Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Bailey was interested in how flood control plans would affect their downtown clients, including the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — 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.

Initiatives to be discussed include:

New Bohemia District/Masaryk Park: Plans are underway to relocate and highlight the historically and culturally important monuments that were previously located at Masaryk Park, near the Sinclair levee. Residents also will be able to see renderings of the future NewBo levee, which will extend from 12th Avenue to Eighth Avenue SE, and provide feedback on the monuments.

• North industrial alignment: A feasibility study is underway for an optional extension of flood control around Cedar Lake. The protection would go from Quaker Oats and tie into higher ground near J Avenue NE and Interstate 380. This option would protect more properties and businesses, while avoiding multiple crossings of railroad tracks. The existing alignment in the master plan wraps the flood control around Quaker and skips the lake.

• Greenways: A 2014 greenway master plan included concept drawings of the Time Check, Downtown Riverfront and Czech Village Greenways. The Czech Village Greenway plan was developed with public input from the Greenway Parks Planning process and will be on display for public review. Parks and Recreation staff will be available to provide updates regarding potential changes, timeline and the first amenities to be built.

The full flood control system, which was adopted in a 2015 master plan, is to include flood walls, levees, gates and pump stations on the east and west banks of the Cedar River.

The Sinclair levee section is mostly complete, and work near Czech Village and Quaker is on deck.

The city still is about $200 million short of allocated funds for the estimated $700 million project.

To learn more, go online to cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.

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