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Czech Village Ready For Flooding

Updated: Monday, June 3 2013, 08:32 AM CDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – In the Czech Village, it’s no secret the water is rising just across the street. For local residents and business owners, the threat of flood waters was no reason to ruin a perfectly good Saturday.


“The Czech people are a strong people, said Janet Henderson, a manager at Czech Village Antiques. “Their heritage is very strong, very strong minded and very strong willed.”


The community still takes the proper precautions.


“I’m also with NewBo City Market and when they gave the advice to move out, I took that advice [in the Czech Village] also and moved out,” said Michelle Parker of Cosmic Bobbles and Jewels.


“We’re trying to anticipate the worst. Right now, it doesn’t look like it’ll be too bad but still I hate to breathe easy so we did move out of the basement and we’ve taken precautions to get all of our things out,” said Henderson.


Even with sandbags set up in front of nearly all the businesses in the Czech Village, some venders aren’t just open, they’re setting up tables outside.


“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Parker. “That’s why we’re setting up today outside on the sidewalk, to kind of say the flood’s not going to take Czech Village down again.”


“I have a positive outlook and I don’t like to think about it so I don’t think about it,” said Henderson.


Czech Village Ready For Flooding

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