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Flash Flooding in Cedar Rapids


Flash Flooding In Cedar Rapids

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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.

 


Come On In and Gamble


Come On In and Gamble

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Local governments have taken the bait

A 20 year monopoly on casino gambling in Linn County

A 3% minimum required by law return to the community

City owned real estate for their casino at an undetermined amount

Steve Gray and the Casino Gang say it is all about jobs, fun and entertainment

“A Cedar Rapids attorney was disbarred this week for taking $800,000 from client accounts that was used for her “gambling addiction,” according to disbarment documents filed Wednesday with the Iowa Supreme Court.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/22/cedar-rapids-attorney-disbarred-admits-to-taking-800000-out-of-client-acounts-for-gambling/

If tragedy is the entertainment you crave, you will get it with

Linn County Gambling


Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling


Is This Everyone in the Game?

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How Much Did Each Ante Up?

“On Monday, Vote Yes Linn County released a list of 58 investors, including the group’s leader, Steve Gray.”

“In recent days, the Vote Yes Linn County campaign had said the investor group was larger, but Marcia Rogers, the campaign communications director, on Monday said she had misspoken.”

http://thegazette.com/2013/02/04/vote-yes-linn-county-releases-list-of-58-investors-in-casino-project/

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, 58<100+. Is this a spinning of all stock investors in the casino? The numbers just don’t add up.

$100million/58=$1.724million each.  Are these 58 admitted “local” investors up to capitalizing the $100 million it will take to get a casino up and running?

State gambling regulators will want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Iowa’s gambling regulators will want to know all involved and their stake in the game. Linn County voters should know the same.

Considering the casino gang’s reluctance to initially release any investors involved and the conflicting stories, we must resort to speculation:

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If you are willing to invest based on conflicting and incomplete information, place your bets.

Vote Yes for Linn County Gambling

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