Flash Flooding in Cedar Rapids

Flash Flooding In Cedar Rapids

First Avenue Bridge

1st Avenue Bridge

Do you live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa? If so, do you live in a flood zone? Was your home impacted by the 1993 floods? How about the 2008 floods?
Yesterday, May 30, 2013 a fast moving storm caused some flash flooding in Cedar Rapids. The city is frantically working  to prevent flooding, or so they claim.

Current Flood Warning

There is currently a  flood warning in effect.  KCRG reported last night that “several homes on 1st Street NW will be impacted”. Problem with that statement is there is only one home on 1st Street NW and “the basement is still dry.” The storm and flash flooding certainly impacted drivers though!

Flood Lessons

Like the city, homeowners also learned valuable lessons from the 2008 flood. Always trust your instincts and have a plan. I will be watching the river and updating my findings.  Flash flooding and river flooding are different types of flooding. The river rising is a drawn out event and predictable but flash floods happen quickly without much notice.  Both are potentially dangerous. If flood water is already starting to come up through your basement drain you might want to consider disconnecting your furnace and moving it to higher ground. If you don’t know how to do that call for help.
I
am no expert on the city but living on 1st Street NW as rebuilt homes were demolished after the 2008 flood I have a unique perspective on how things operate around here. I do not blame the city workers for doing things backwards because they are only following orders. I hope that a city worker who understands the frustrations of the people who live in the core neighborhoods will step up and run for city council.
We have got to get this city back to operating without any agendas but to equally serve and provide essential services to it’s citizens.
Everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that the city should have focused on flood protection before buying and selling Real Estate. Flood protection should have been the city’s first priority since the 2008 flood but it hasn’t been. Nope, instead of focusing on the real issues the Cedar Rapids City Council squabbled with people all over the city over buyouts in the name of flood protection while giving downtown players “sweetheart deals” for riverside property on the east side.

When we voted for the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) it was supposed to help rebuild flood impacted property and flood protection. FEMA did not require we move the Public Library and spend millions of our disaster dollars to acquire and remodel the event center three blocks from the river the city council did.  FEMA did not require properties be bought out the city did. Remember the buyout program was a voluntary property acquisition after the 2008 flood.

 

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About Ajai Dittmar

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8 responses to “Flash Flooding in Cedar Rapids

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  • Tom Harbit

    *wonderful mayor…..(typo) on the original

  • Tom Harbit

    Ajai, I don’t worry about floods. And why might you ask? Well, I am comforted in the knowledge that we have a wonderful may, as well as those helpful people at Mathew 25 that will see us through any tragedy 🙂 wink wink

  • Craig Augustine

    “several homes on 1st Street NW will be impacted”. Problem with that statement is there is only one home on 1st Street NW. ROTFLMAO.

    I knew you would pick up on that…. just like I did the minute I read it on KCRG. lol.

  • Craig Augustine

    How many times has KCRG personnel drove down 1st since 08 and the demo’s that followed. EVIDENTLY ZERO, for them to make such a erroneous statement in a a flood story. The incompetence is staggering. What? Did the reporter just sit at his desk and look at an old story from when 1st street was lined with homes? How else could such a NON- fact be so grossly reported as news. I think the reporter made it up for dramatic/ sensationalism effect to the story.

    • Ajai Dittmar

      And it’s not like everyone and their dog doesn’t drive up and down 1st Street! LOL They must think we’re really so stupid or they will say “honest mistake” BULLSHIT we all know that statement was NO MISTAKE! They just didn’t know! And they wonder why people don’t buy their paper!

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