Flood Mitigation Program Grant Application
The Flood Mitigation Program (FMP) is a result of the City’s lobbying the Iowa Legislature for the recapturing of the growth in sales tax to help fund flood mitigation projects, called the Growth Recovery Initiative (GRI). The FMP allows for the increment or growth in sales tax to be returned to a jurisdiction over a twenty year period with an annual cap of 70% of the growth or $15 million dollars. The City is asking for $264,000,000 to aid in construction of flood protection on both east and west sides of the river.
The FMP allows only one application per jurisdiction with a due date of January of 2016. The Flood Mitigation Board’s next meeting is November 21, 2013 which is the first meeting where they will be reviewing applications. The City has requested that its application be reviewed at the November 21, 2013 meeting.Please click on this link to view the Executive Summary of the Application.Please click on this link to view the entire Flood Mitigation Program Application (175 pages, 19Mb).
The Flood of 2008
On June 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested to its highest level in Cedar Rapids history, 31.12 feet. The previous record reached only 20 feet. The flood waters penetrated 10 square miles or 14 percent of the city. This monumental flood impacted 7,198 parcels, including 5,390 houses, dislocated more than 18,000 residents and damaged 310 City facilities. More flood facts.
See how far we've come since the devastating Flood of June 2008 by checking our "CR Progress" page.
Click on any of the links below to learn about our flood recovery plans, reports and assistance programs.