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NW Cedar Rapids Community Looking For Change

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A day after the a-and-w was pulled down in northwest Cedar Rapids; local residents are talking about the next step.

Many are upset with the city's plans to protect them from future flooding, and they took those concerns to city hall

Craig Augustine has lived by the river for almost 27 years and says the city isn't taking the needs of residents into consideration.

"Our properties can be saved from the city and their preferred plan, he said.

That plan has been in place for five years--even before the floods of 08.

The purpose was to find ways to rejuvenate the North West side by building parks along the river.

After the flood, a levee was added to the plan.

Members of the community *want the c council to care.

They say they never signed off on the city's plan, and now, they've collected more than 200 signatures asking city leaders to revisit and revise it.

"This has held many homes in sort of a limbo. Their homes values are basically half of what they should be, said president of the North West Neighboorhood Association, Linda Seger.

Under the existing plan they could all be destroyed to build a flood wall and even a bike trail.

"I know some of the council members have expressed different views than I have but you know what when they listen to the citizens they might change that view, said city council member Don Karr.

That's all craig says he wants from city leaders.

"Who would want to give this up, Craig said.

It appears the council may be willing to change the plan.

The group voted today to put it up for revision - and reconsideration.
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