Officials: Cedar Rapids flood gate’s completion signals ‘irreversible momentum’

Extra $180 million federal commitment to east-side flood protection also announced

Flood gate ribbon cutting
Maj. Gen. Diana Holland, Mississippi Valley Division Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks at a ribbon-cutting for a new retractable flood gate at First Avenue East in Cedar Rapids as (left to right) Cedar Rapids mayor Tiffany O'Donnell, U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson and Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District Commander Col. Jesse Curry look on. CREDIT RICHARD PRATT

As Cedar Rapids, state and federal officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a retractable flood gate across First Avenue East, they also announced a federal funding boost of more than $180 million to help complete the city’s flood control infrastructure project along the east bank of the Cedar River. Representatives of the U.S. […]

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