Federal Funding for Cedar Rapids Flood Control
Years of hard work and perseverance have paid off, as the City of Cedar Rapids received word they will receive $117 million in Federal funding for its planned Flood Control System.
City Manager Pomeranz and Mayor Hart credited Senator Joni Ernst, who has been an outspoken champion for Cedar Rapids in Washington DC, and Representative Rod Blum for his long-term advocacy on the issue. The City also acknowledges the work of many others, including Senator Charles Grassley, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Senator Lamar Alexander, the Trump Administration, former Mayor Ron Corbett, Cedar Rapids lobbyist and former Senator Dave Karnes, past and present Cedar Rapids City Council members, and many members in the community who have served as a voice on the need for funding.
“The announcement of this federal funding award to Cedar Rapids marks a milestone in the City’s long history of pursuing permanent flood control,” said Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager. “This award is federal recognition and acknowledgement that Cedar Rapids’ project is viable, has been planned, and is ready to implement to protect citizens and property.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the work of those who have come before us in the pursuit of this funding,” said Brad Hart, Cedar Rapids Mayor. “This truly has been a team effort, with multiple people working hard to advocate for the long term protection of Cedar Rapids.”
The City of Cedar Rapids has been included in a bill spearheaded by Senator Lamar Alexander and the Committee on Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, which designates a portion of supplemental funding from natural disasters to appropriate community projects throughout the country.
Moving forward, the City will continue to work closely with the US Army Corps of Engineers to establish a Project Partnership Agreement, which will guide construction of next segments.
The total project cost estimate for the complete Flood Control System is $550 million. The State of Iowa has committed to contributing $267 million — 35% of the total cost. Federal and City contributions are also a critical part of the overall funding plan. The City will match $110 million, with $10 million already invested. City leaders are currently developing ideas to determine a funding source for the City’s commitment as well as additional funding gaps necessary to construct the entire system.
Several flood control projects have been completed and several more are underway, but there is still a need for funding to complete the entire permanent flood control system. For more detailed information on the Cedar Rapids Flood Control System plans, please visit www.cityofcr.com/floodcontrol.