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Corps of Engineers' warnings were accurate. FEMA Explains Why Some Cedar Rapids Residents May Need Flood Insurance | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | News. CEDAR RAPI DS -- More than 300 Cedar Rapids property owners might have to get flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency met with the city council Wednesday night to explain why. FEMA's standards have changed, and Cedar Rapids' current levee system just doesn't meet the government's new requirements. One way to solve that problem is to ask those 300 property owners to get flood insurance.Cedar Rapids levees need to be about three feet higher to meet federal standards.

Otherwise, FEMA officials say these neighborhoods could end up underwater. So, FEMA plans to expand the city's floodplain about two-years from now to include new homes and businesses. "Just because a new map is drawn doesn't mean the flood risk has changed. The government's standards have become more strict since Cedar Rapids built the levees decades ago. FEMA officials say if property is in a floodplain, there's always a chance of a disaster. The city also has the option of improving the levy system. 1st Street NW on June 11, 2008. June 11, 2008 intense moment the Big Flood. Dakota recording the flood of 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mississippi Floodwaters in Iowa. The rising Mississippi River has broken high-water records up and down the Iowa and Illinois shore, cresting as high as 12 feet above flood stage in some places. Estimates place the cost of the damage at over $1 billion dollars, and concerns are rising over crop damage, toxic remnants that were washed into neighborhoods, future mosquito invasions, and maintaining supplies of clean drinking water. Communities further downstream are bracing for possible flooding as well. (16 photos total) A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa, Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 9:04 p.m.

The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard, took the photo from outside her front door. Waterloo, Iowa residents Daniel Tournier, right, and Otha Moore, left, watch the swollen Cedar River flow only a couple of feet below the 4th Street bridge in Waterloo, Iowa on Wednesday, June 11, 2008. In Eastern Iowa, the City That ‘Would Never Flood’ Goes 12 Feet Under. Creepy Downtown After the June 2008 Flood. Coercion. Overview[edit] The purpose of coercion is to substitute one’s aims to those of the victim. For this reason, many social philosophers have considered coercion as the polar opposite to freedom.

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The city is seeking $2 million to go with other funding for the $8.7-million amphitheater project. The outdoor facility, planned for the west bank of the Cedar River in downtown Cedar Rapids, doubles as an entertainment venue and part of the city’s new flood-protection system. Mayor Ron Corbett, who was among Cedar Rapids officials who attended the Vision Iowa Board meeting on Wednesday, said he was optimistic that the amphitheater will secure the state funds.

Corbett said the Vision Iowa Board isn’t committing funds for new applications like this one until the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Project Southside Seeks Vision Iowa $$ Parks and Rec MP Presentation 2010-06-01.pdf (application/pdf Object) The Devil's Advocate. Responsibility and accountability. Kelly vs Zinser. Zinser v. Kelly. Zinser FINALLY filling the holes. 8th Street NW Butchered by Zinser. Zinser Demolition Butchers 8th Street NW in Cedar Rapids. Hole on E. Miss Moldy is still standing! Bye Engine block by block. GOODBYE to the American Dream Can U Smell the Mold? Documenting holes. Holes on 1st Street NW. Help this lady. Cedar Rapids offering deals on new homes. Rick Smith Published: December 16 2010 | 9:56 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 6:23 pm in City Hall is set to promote a new-home deal likely worth $35,000 or more per home in an effort to lure back families who left the city after the June 2008 flood and to attract those who have never lived here but are willing to give the city a try, Mayor Ron Corbett said Thursday.

The inducement is needed, the mayor said, to help the city repopulate some of its core neighborhoods, which he said are still working to get back on their feet after the flood. At the same time, the city finds itself in an odd spot. It needs to promote the housing incentives to those not now living in Cedar Rapids because the city has access to more federal disaster dollars for new housing than there is demand from local residents to use it. The lots in the incentive package are ones the city is taking ownership of as it buys out flood-damaged homes and demolishes them. This is actually a third round of such funding. Corridor Recovery. Smulekoff’s: Looking to Sell if City Proceeds with Flood Wall.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Smulekoff”s isn’t looking to close if the city acquires its building for flood protection, the company said Friday. The home furnishings business issued a statement Friday, Feb. 11, clarifying reports earlier in the week that followed the release of a letter it sent to the city. The letter requested a buyout of the company’s property next to the Cedar River at 97 Third Ave. SE, which would be affected by the construction of a flood wall proposed by the city. The company said relocating for civic benefit is nothing new for the company. It previously sold its property and moved so that City Hall could be built on May’s Island, and later sold property used as its warehouse for the downtown public library. “The letter sent to the city by Smulekoff’s was a procedural communication required by the businesses to be impacted by the flood wall,” the company said in the statement.

“Should we have to move again, then we’ll move, continue to improve and grow,” Blair said. Study finds link between political corruption and FEMA money. Where natural disasters strike, political corruption is soon to follow, say the authors of a study in the Journal of Law and Economics. But it's not the wind and rain that turns good folks bad; it's the money that floods in afterwards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "We find each $100 of FEMA-provided disaster relief increases the average state's corruption by nearly 102 percent," write Peter Leeson (George Mason) and Russell Sobel (West Virginia U.). "Our findings suggest that notoriously corrupt regions of the United States, such as the Gulf Coast, are in part notoriously corrupt because natural disasters frequently strike them. They attract more disaster relief, which makes them more corrupt.

" Leeson and Sobel base their conclusions on a statistical model that measured the relationship between FEMA allocations and corruption in each U.S. state. The data used in the study were from 1990 to 1999, so the Katrina and Rita disasters of 2005 are not included. How many ways can a city violate a house? IJOBS paying for Green Roof on Condominiums. Cedar Rapids City Hall wants to lure back flood victims and attract others with deal on new houses. Verify the internet address you typed :,and try again if there is a mistake.It is possible that the administrator has chosen to delete it. Search results for : The Adventure of the Blue Box Welcome to 'The Adventure of the Blue Box', a Doctor Who/Sherlock roleplay forum. We accept canons from both shows, plus original characters. #sherlock, #adventure, #blue, #wholock, #doctor, #crime, #detective, #space, #tardis, #story, #fanfic, #canon Free forum : DARK KINGS Free forum : THE WORLD OF DARKNES #mig33, #dark, #kings, #world, #admin, #tools, #multy, #soft, #flood, #hacking KoRuPtIoN We are a Harshlands server based level 3 faction and our leader is Felonius.

Resonance Resonance bring across the message of surfing the internet safely. Permit pulled 5th Street NW Divided. Home owners denied Developers empowered. Abandoned block SE Cedar Rapids. Developers in flood houses without owners permission. CRPD I turned the camera back on. How do you like your moldy air? DEMOS IN CR IA not about health all about $$$$$$$$$$ Cedar Rapids Flood Czar Meets with Residents. Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Director Resigning. CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Greg Eyerly, the city’s highly visible flood-recovery director, announced his resignation Friday. He’s leaving the post he’s held for 18 months to join the Cedar Rapids office of worldwide engineering, architectural and consulting firm HDR Inc. Eyerly, 46, who started work with the city three years ago as a wastewater specialist and utilities operations manager, said he has had other opportunities to move to the private sector, but now “the timing seemed a little better.”

Eyerly said he might have left sooner if he didn’t enjoy working with Mayor Ron Corbett and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz as much as he does. “The family is a lot happier when mom and dad get along,” Eyerly said, a reference to similarities in thinking that Corbett and Pomeranz share than Corbett and former City Manager Jim Prosser might not have. The City Council and Prosser, who selected Eyerly as the city’s flood-recovery director, parted ways in April. Flood Recovery Too Slow; Buyout Too Low for Some. CEDAR RAPIDS - Much of the criticism surrounding flood recovery and buyouts surrounds the slow pace.

But there are others who say they are willing to wait even longer. It all comes down to money, and a well-known phrase for disaster victims, "duplication of benefits. " The federal government won't pay twice for any disaster loss. That means people who had flood insurance will have to deduct that amount from any buyout payment. The federal government runs the flood insurance program and also funds the two buyout programs- and none can overlap. Many are realizing a buyout won't be what they expected. You can still see the high water mark on the backboard, denoting the low point of Dennis Ades life. "I lost all my personal possessions, I got out my cat, my cars, two weeks of clothes," said Time Check flood victim Dennis Ades.

He had flood insurance. He cleaned out the inside, repainted the outside, and the boarded up windows match the trim. He won't even get half its value. City orders street crews to clean after midnight. Interview with people in flood zone about Berm. Greenway Residents. September 9, 2010 Berm Talk. Larry the Flood Victim. Citizen talks about his flood situation. Time Check Flood Story. Flood family from Time Check part 2. Cedar Rapids City Crews out after Midnight. June 19, 2008 Initial Drive through in my neighhborhood with FEMA Rep.

Local Cops did NOT help us. Ajai talking to Cedar Rapids City Council.