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10 Year Flood Anniversary Events

10 Year Flood Anniversary Events
The City has been working with others in the community to coordinate plans for the 10 year flood anniversary coming up in June. A number of community events related to the anniversary are listed on the webpage CedarRapidsRising.com and on the GO Cedar Rapids event calendar.

City hosted events and activities include:

10 Year Flood Anniversary Resident Appreciation Day
Saturday, June 2, 7:30 a.m. to noon
Join us at the downtown farmers market Saturday, June 2. City staff from many departments will be on hand to talk about events related to the 2008 Flood, the progress of rebuilding, and future plans for permanent flood protection. We will also have city trucks and equipment on hand, games, prizes and other fun activities for the entire family. Look for us on 3rd Avenue near 5th Street.

Jones Golf Course Special
June 2 - 3
Jones Golf Course will be offering a weekend special to commemorate the Flood of 2008. Enjoy a weekend round of golf with cart for only $20.08.

City Hall Tour
June 5 at 5:30
Learn the history of the building that now houses Cedar Rapids City Hall, and how it was restored after water filled the entire basement and first floor of this historic building in 2008.

Central Fire and Police Department Open House/Tours June 12, 4 – 6 p.m.
Fire: 713 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
PD: 505 1st St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA



Northwest Gateway & Memorial Plaza Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.
O Avenue and 6th Street NW

Join City officials and neighborhood leaders for a commemorative ceremony as we honor the resiliency and recovery of the northwest neighborhood.

Bus Tours
Monday, June 18
Join City of Cedar Rapids officials for a special opportunity to learn more about permanent flood control measures taking shape in our community. Tours will highlight current and future flood protection projects, including levees in the NewBo and Czech Village Districts, pump stations, sites of future flood walls, neighborhood memorials, and more. Residents can see and ask questions about the latest measures being taken to install permanent protection on both sides of the river. Tours are free and open to the public.

Full Schedule:
| Monday, June 18
• Tour the Flood Control System // 9 AM
Hosted by Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler and Flood Control System Program Manager Rob Davis
See completed flood protection components up close and learn how the 7-mile system of permanent and removable walls, levees, gates, pumps and public amenities will work together to protect the City from future floods.

• Tour the Water Pollution Control Facility and Flood Wall // 11 AM
Hosted by WPC Staff
The WPC flood wall is the only portion of permanent flood wall currently completed in the City’s Flood Control System. Take this rare opportunity to stand next to a wall that’s three times your height and keeps the Cedar River at bay!  While you’re along for the ride, learn how the City’s sewage is treated and sent back into the Cedar River cleaner than the river itself.

• Tour the Flood Control System // 1 PM
Hosted by Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler and Flood Control System Program Manager Rob Davis
See completed flood protection components up close and learn how the 7-mile system of permanent and removable walls, levees, gates, pumps and public amenities will work together to protect the City from future floods.

• Tour Historic Preservation // 3 PM
Hosted by Mark Stoffer Hunter & the History Center
Details to come.  

• Tour the Flood Control System // 5 PM
Hosted by Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler and Flood Control System Program Manager Rob Davis
See completed flood protection components up close and learn how the 7-mile system of permanent and removable walls, levees, gates, pumps and public amenities will work together to protect the City from future floods.

Departure Location: The bus departs from the public parking lot on the corner of 2nd Street SE and 12th Avenue SE in NewBo, and returns to the same location following each tour. Tours last approximately 60 minutes.
RSVP’s are Required to Reserve Your Seat

Please RSVP to the tour of your choosing at citymanager@cedar-rapids.org. Seating availability is limited.


Moving Forward: Pathways to Building Community Resilience Symposium
June 19
DoubleTree Convention Center
Hosted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's ResilientAmerica Roundtable
Learn more and register here

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