Sinclair Levee groundbreaking takes place Tuesday

Public invited to start of $14 million project

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz are expected to speak Tuesday during a 3 p.m. groundbreaking for the Sinclair Levee — a flood protection system complete with a pump station and detention basin aimed at permanently protecting the NewBo District.

The ceremony takes place in the cul-de-sac on Second Street SE, just south of 16th Avenue SE. The public is invited to attend.

The event marks the start of construction for the levee, which is to run from south of the Sinclair site to 12th Avenue SE near the African American Museum of Iowa. The levee is to provide protection for the NewBo District up to a 40-year flood, according to city officials.

“Upon completion of the entire Flood Control System, this levee will protect to the 2008 flood volume,” officials said in a news release.

The $14 million project also includes a 4.4-acre detention basin with the capacity to store water up to 4 feet deep, and a pump station with a capacity of 2,500 gallons per minute. These improvements are to be completed by the end of 2017.

In addition, construction on a second pump station in NewBo Parking Lot 44 also is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed in 2018, according to city officials.

“These combined efforts represent a $20 million investment in permanent flood control for the low-lying NewBo/Sinclair area,” officials said.

Permanent flood protection measures for the NewBo/Sinclair District were identified in the Cedar River Flood Control System master plan adopted by City Council in June 2015. The Sinclair Levee project marks the construction of the first permanent measures since the adoption of the master plan.

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