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Fighting One Flood, Reflecting on Another
Updated: Friday, May 31 2013, 12:17 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Cedar Rapids officials say a huge government buyout program that led to the demolition of 1,700 flood-damaged homes has left the city better protected from potential flooding.
City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said Friday the program in which the city used federal funds to buy out homes devastated by the historic 2008 flood was one of the largest purchases of private property ever by a U.S. city.
He says the demolition of those homes has given the Cedar River more "room to breathe" at a time when it is quickly rising again. The river is expected to crest Saturday, and city officials are warning residents in low-lying areas to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Pomeranz spoke during a symposium called to mark the five-year anniversary of the 2008 flood.
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