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Mt. Trashmore Trail do you use it?


Mt. Trashmore Trail

I’ve been thinking about checking out local trails and rating them but I haven’t figured out DSCN9488a rating system or whether or not people would even be interested.
On June 1, 2013 the Cedar River flooded. One trail that was underwater was the trail along the dump also known as Mt. Trashmore. I saw a video last week that had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time here’s the video!

Riding the Mt. Trashmore Trail while it is underwater is dangerous. Thankfully, this man knows this trail and how rivers work but I wouldn’t suggest doing anything like he did to anyone. I enjoyed the video.

Checking the water line at Mt. Trashmore

Get up to 5 new .COMs, $5.99 per year for the 1st year! I wanted to see just how high the water got and so my friend, Jim Pate, and I went down there to get some footage of the flood line and the Mt. Trashmore Trail on June 12, 2013.

Mt. Trashmore review

We saw a lot of people using the trail and knew that they smelled the same things we did. The Mt. Trashmore Trail has got to be the most vile smells of all smells in Cedar Rapids, Iowa next to the ADM plant. The Mt. Trashmore Trail is not a trail that I would suggest to anyone, especially a newcomer. I just wonder if you use the trail and if so, why?

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Flood Watch 2013


Flood Watch 2013

We had a flash flood the day before yesterday and a flood similar to the flood of 1993 that is to crest tomorrow, June 2, 2013.  I have lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa most of my life and one thing that stays the same during each of these floods and that is the water has to have somewhere to go.  A few feet could make all the difference in the world for people who went through and continue to have water problems since the 2008 flood.

Flooding in Cedar Rapids

I don’t think we would have the sewer problems we have if the city would just work with the DNR to dredge the riverIf the city council worked as hard for flood protection as they have to acquire and demolish homes and businesses we would be so much better than we were before the flood of 2008. 

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Flash Flooding in Cedar Rapids


Flash Flooding In Cedar Rapids

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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.
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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.

 


Time Check Maternity Roost – 2013 Bat Diaries






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Time Check Maternity Roost Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Apr 27, 2013
62°Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Southeast, 6 MPH

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013
62°Fair
Wind: North, 0 MPH

A couple rows of one layer in the house opposing the river
Two in the house facing the river

Monday, Apr 29, 2013
72°Fair
Wind: Southeast, 10 MPH

Thought I saw a couple babies in there one for certain
All three chambers on the house opposing the river are full while there are only a couple of bats in the house facing the river

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013
87°Fair and Breezy
Wind: Southwest, 21 MPH

Houses seemed less populated today but still three chambers full of bats!

Talked to man from Iowa Department of Natural Resources this morning about getting more bat houses down here to monitor them.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
63°Partly Cloudy
Wind: North, 13 MPH

2:46 pm
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
74°Fair
Wind: North, 4 MPH

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
66°Fair and Windy
Wind: North, 26 MPH

Thursday, May 2, 2013
38°Overcast and Breezy
Wind: North, 20 MPH

Thursday, May 2, 2013
37°Overcast
Wind: North, 19 MPH

I didn’t see any bats in the east house but the west house has at least two chambers full all packed together tightly. There was no bat chatter in the house It’s cold out there!

Check out my in depth blog on the bats here:  Time Check Maternity Roost Cedar Rapids, Iowa

 


Should the City of Cedar Rapids Fine People who feed Geese?



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The Real Deal


The Real Deal

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“Jennalyn Schilke started going to Station casinos at age 7, romping in the Kids Quest child centers while her parents went to the casino floors.

Now 23, she’s still a Station regular. You can often find her playing the slots at Station’s Fiesta Henderson.”

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/02/station-casinos-turns-customers-help-appeal-locals/

Only a fool would bet a Cedar Rapids casino will draw “1million tourists” a year. Cedar Rapids will never be destination station. A Cedar Rapids Gambling Station will prey on locals for generations to come.

Teach your children well with

Linn County Gambling

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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/23/12


Christmas Dinner Serves Hundreds Annually at Metro High School

By Christy Aumer, Reporter   CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Several hundred people attended the annual free Christmas Dinner at Metro High School on Saturday.
For three hours today, volunteers served up a free meal while attendees had their choice to take home clothing, non-perishable food items and toys – all free of charge. Santa was also there to spread a little Christmas cheer and bring smiles to the faces of the little ones there.This annual event has helped hundreds of people since 1997 when Henry Davison began events like these.
“People need it,” Davison said. “They get to come in, eat, enjoy themselves and leave.”
Families that attended were able to give each child at least one book, one stuffed animal and another gift of their choice. Last year, the program served around 500 people.
“How many people do you see sleep under the bridge every day?” Davison said. “I’m not doing it for me, I’m doing it for them.”
86-year-old Davison started the HD Youth Center in the late 1990s to help members of the community. The center puts on several events during the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Back to School program, a Thanksgiving dinner and an Adventureland trip that Michael Lewis said gives kids the opportunity to get out of the city and have fun.Lewis has been with Davison since he started the program and attended many speeches Davision gave around town in the 1990s in an effort to spread the word about the need for the neighborhood center.
“This really brings the community together,” Lewis said. “It’s a reminder that someone out there cares about you, even if just for a minute.”
HD Youth Center Christmas Coordinator Eric Hansen said the program has seen rough days, especially since the Flood of 2008 which involved a relocation of the center, and events., but Hansen said they’re hoping to open a new location on Mount Vernon Road in the next three months.
“Hoping,” Hansen reiterated. The program is seeking more volunteers to aid in projects and events like these to keep it moving forward.
26-year-old Brittany Hermon said this was one of the biggest events of the year for her and her four kids. Being her second time attending the Christmas dinner, she enjoys seeing familiar faces and plans on coming back again. The toys she selected will be the Christmas gifts for her children, besides two other toys she previously purchased.
“God got me through another Christmas once again,” Hermon said with a smile.
Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Henry Davison at (319) 329-8841.

Flood protection in Cedar Rapids remains top priority

Work goes on to bring it to reality

CEDAR RAPIDS — The flood gauge just upstream from the Eighth Avenue bridge here has the depth of the Cedar River these days at less than three feet.The river’s low flow and a distance of four and a half years from the city’s historic 2008 flood — when the river climbed to 31.12 feet — conspire to blur the need to build the city’s proposed $375 million flood protection system, acknowledges Mayor Ron Corbett.  I’s only natural, said the mayor. Finding public dollars to help in the aftermath of a flood or other natural disaster, he said, is always easier than finding those dollars to protect against what the future might hold.“Once the disaster is cleaned up, then you’re looking for long-term construction dollars, and you’re fighting with all the other aspects of government spending,” Corbett said. “The emotional piece has been lost.” Amphitheater progress
The most visible sign that the work of flood protection is inching ahead is the city’s towering outdoor riverfront amphitheater, now under construction on the west bank of the river across from downtown. This $8 million entertainment venue, which doubles as a flood levee, is a reminder of just how high floodwaters climbed in 2008. In recent weeks, as part of the amphitheater project, a set of concrete pillars have gone up, providing a first look at what a flood wall could look like elsewhere in the city’s flood-protection system.
For his part, Corbett said he is reserving judgment about the aesthetics of the wall until the work is complete, though Dave Elgin, the city’s public works director and city engineer, says the pillars will come with landscaping and other enhancements to make them look more appealing than they might look now.
The section of wall, Elgin adds, is one of many examples of a removable flood wall, which are designed so removable panels can be inserted between the pillars during the approach of a flood. Removable walls are in the city plan for much of downtown.
At first glance, 2012 would seem to have been a bad year for the city’s flood protection plans. After all, local voters in March — for a second time — defeated a measure that would have extended the city’s existing 1 percent, local-option sales tax to provide local dollars to help pay for flood protection.
Corbett, though, says the tax defeat didn’t change what he says is the widely held view in Cedar Rapids that flooding will recur and flood protection will be built.
Flood fund
The tax defeat aside, 2012 brought what Corbett calls a “significant” victory for Cedar Rapids flood protection when the Iowa Legislature created a new state flood protection fund based on an idea that Corbett and the city of Cedar Rapids came up with and spent two years pushing. The new law will direct a portion of the incremental increase in the state sales tax into a fund, which cities can make application to if they have local matching funds.
‘Preferred’ plan’
The city’s Elgin calls the city’s preferred plan a Chevy and not a Cadillac, a plan that provides protection but not extravagances.
With four years now passed since the City Council adopted the preferred plan, Elgin reports that the city now has asked one of the plan’s consultants, Stanley Consultants of Muscatine, to calculate the costs of a less-ambitious flood protection system for the west side of the city.
In the preferred plan, which protects to the elevation of the 2012 flood, the cost of west-side protection now is thought to be between $150 million and $155 million because about $30 million already has been spent to buy out and demolish flood-damaged properties in the way of a flood-protection system.
Stanley Consultants has put the price tag at about $125 million to protect the west side to the 100-year flood level and $140 million to build a foundation sturdy enough to provide 100-year flood protection and to allow the protection to be enhanced to the 2008 flood level in the future. In the end, Stanley has advised that it doesn’t cost that much more to go from 100-year protection to the preferred plan’s 2008 level of protection once the foundation for the latter is in place, Elgin says.

I have to wonder why the city continues to go on and on about “flood protection” when we all know that the reason we flooded as badly as we did was because we had trains sitting on bridges acting as dams! People I talk to in the community want the river dredged.

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Doomsday Blizzard 2012 Time-lapsed video footage Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Time-lapse of the Doomsday Blizzard from the NW side of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

It wasn’t the big storm I anticipated it would be but I am happy we got some snow.

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Forecast: White Christmas


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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -Winter is here! The first major winter storm of the season could bring heavy snow to Eastern Iowa Wednesday into Thursday. A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect for most of Iowa beginning Wednesday, continuing through Thursday afternoon.  An area of low pressure is expected to track from Northern Oklahoma to St. Louis to Michigan. This puts Eastern Iowa in a favorable placement for significant snow. It’s important to note that the track of this low pressure will, as always, have a large impact on what exactly we receive, and how much. If the low tracks more to the north or west, precipitation could begin as rain or a rain/snow mix then transition to snow. While that scenario does not appear likely, it is something our meteorologists are watching.
Right now a band of 4 to 8 inches is possible with some enhanced heavier totals possible. The snowfall begins Wednesday evening and continues into Thursday morning. It may begin as a mix for a period of time on Wednesday.
In addition to the snow, winds will pick up Wednesday night. This would cause significant blowing snow, along with some drifting. Road conditions will likely be poor, especially in open areas where wind-blown snow will cover roads even after they’ve been cleared.
The First Alert Storm Team will continue to monitor the latest data and provide updates as the details of this winter storm become clearer. We’ll deliver the latest information on KCRG-TV9, KCRG WxNOW, KCRG.com, the KCRG Weather App and on Facebook & Twitter (@kcrg_firstalert).

 

 


Relocating the Ellis Boat Harbor


What is going on here? Why is there even talk about relocating the Harbor? Wasn’t Governor Culver’s signature enough to keep it safe from the City Council? It doesn’t seem that anything is sacred in Cedar Rapids!

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Look at this image! Where would people park? What else does the east side of Cedar Rapids want to take? Most importantly HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?

What about looking at the train bridges and the feasibility of keeping rail-cars filled with tons and tons of rocks on them during floods to stop the water from backing up into the Harbor in the first place! This is ridiculous! We need to vote these people out in November!