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Cedar Rapids Closer To Flood Protection
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Cedar Rapids is one step closer to building flood protection.
Both the house and senate have now passed bills that both include money to pay for a 67-million dollar project for the city. Leaders are now waiting for a federal committee to agree on it. The project would help prevent flood damage, like in 2008, on Cedar Rapids' east side.
The project doesn't cover the west side, and doesnt cover the memories of 2008 that are frozen in time for Ron Bentley
It completely wiped out all those years I collected parts and material, he said. It just devastated me, just totally ruined a lifetime of work.
Bentley had spent years perfecting his craft at his watch repair store - that is, until the 2008 flood wiped everything out.
As the old adage goes, however, he took a licking, and kept on ticking.
We pulled together and everybody worked hard, and we we're able to open in three months, he said.
Fast forward 5 years later to the summer of 2013 - and it was deja-vu for the business owner.
Once you've been through a flood, anytime the water starts rising, you start to get pretty nervous, Ron said.
It meant that time had run out on his business in Cedar Rapids. Three weeks ago, he moved to Hiawatha
So far it's been positive, people are finding us, he said.
Hes away from the river, and the threat of flooding. Ron's son Ryan isnt optimistic about the situation over on the west side.
The water is just gonna end up over there, instead of the Southeast side, Ryan said. Why would you want to be in business on the southwest side?
Ryan works at his father's business, and he's happy to see the southeast side get closer to being protected.
But he wonders about the other side of the river.
I don't know if the Southwest side is gonna get the protection, but there's not as many businesses over there as there are on the Southeast side.