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Czech Village Levee Completed

Czech Village Levee Completed 

Logo for Flood Control SystemThe Czech Village flood levee has been completed and the Cedar Valley Trail, which was temporarily closed during construction, is now open.

Work on the flood levee in Czech Village began in 2017 with the removal or relocation of underground public and private utilities. The levee stretches half a mile from the Linn County Solid Waste Agency to 16th Avenue SW, and is approximately 16 – 20 ft. tall on average. On top of the levee is a 12’ wide walking/bike trail, which is anticipated to open next spring. Final grading will also occur next spring.

The Czech Village levee currently provides protection to a river elevation up to 19.5 feet. Once the entire Flood Control System is complete and the levee ties into future segments, it will provide protection to the 2008 flood volume.

The project also includes a detention basin in Czech Village, located off Bowling Street SW. The detention basin will be able to store excess rain water until it can be safely pumped back into the Cedar River.

Work on additional flood protection continues in this area. Starting next year, work will begin on the installation of underground storm sewer gates in Czech Village, which close to prevent river water from backing up into the storm sewer system and flooding roadways. This will significantly reduce the number of temporary storm sewer cones and pumps/plugs that are deployed annually in Czech Village due to high river levels.

To learn more about the Flood Control System: www.cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.

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