Police Station and Central Fire Station Tours Highlight Cedar Rapids' Story of Resilience from the Flood of 2008
The Flood of 2008 had a major impact on public safety buildings in our community. As the City of Cedar Rapids continues with the 10-year flood anniversary commemoration, the Police Department and Fire Department invite the public to tour the Police Station and the Central Fire Station to experience the continuing story of our community’s resilience.
The Cedar Rapids Police Station, which was built in 1997, was flooded with 7 feet of water and sustained damage to critical equipment, functions, and contents, including files, evidence, and firearms during the Flood of 2008. While police officers were attempting to minimize damage to the Police Station, other police officers were performing rescue operations, securing the evacuation areas, and continuing to respond to emergencies throughout the City. Although officers used several remediation tactics, including constructing a temporary dike, sandbagging, and pumping, their efforts could not prevent losses. Today the Police Station is fully restored and has made improvements to minimize any future flood damage.
The public is invited to tour the Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 between 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The Cedar Rapids Fire Department’s Central Fire Station was located at 222 3rd Street NW from 1985 until the Flood of 2008 destroyed the building. Firefighters were steering motorboats through flood water 10 to 12 feet deep through the neighborhood that housed their fire station. All personnel and equipment had to be relocated to other fire stations throughout the community. There would be 423 boat rescues conducted during the flood event.
Five years later, in October 2013, a new Central Fire Station opened at 713 1st Avenue SE. The new Central Fire Station would be the first LEED Platinum fire headquarters in the nation and would improve response times. The new facility serves as the City of Cedar Rapids Emergency Operations Command Center and houses the Fire Department's administrative offices and training classrooms.
The public is invited to tour the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 between 4:00-6:00 p.m.