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February 27, 2017 Street crew operating equipment

Traffic Alerts

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February 24, 2017 Street equipment on the road

42nd Street Paving for Progress Project Wins Engineering Achievement Award

February 19 kicked off National Engineers Week, which recognizes the engineering workforce and calls attention to the many ways engineers enhance the quality of life for their communities. The Public Works Engineering Division has recently been recognized with the Engineering Achievement Award in the Transportation Category for the 42nd Street NE Paving for Progress project.

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February 23, 2017 The summer cover of the Play! guide with a little boy batting

Parks & Recreation Summer Program Registration Begins Online February 27 at 5:00 PM

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will begin accepting online registrations for programs that run from April 1 through August 31 on February 27 at 5:00 p.m. The summer program catalog is available online at www.crrec.org and starts on page 25 of Our CR magazine. Cedar Rapids residents will begin receiving the magazine in the mail on March 7. Read More

February 23, 2017 Police car door

Arrests Made as Part of Ongoing Gunshots Fired Investigation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department continues to investigate a gunshots fired incident that was reported at 7:49 p.m. on February 15th in the 300 block of 31st Street Drive SE.  Police officers responding to the incident found shell casings and damage to at least one residence in the block. As a part of the ongoing investigation, police have made several arrests.

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February 21, 2017 Blue team zombie survivalists carrying a team member on a stretcher at Ushers Ferry Historic Village

American Girls, Zombies & More - Spring Break in Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is offering several unique and fun camp experiences during spring break, March 13-16. They are American Girl, Spring Sampler and Zombie Survival at Ushers Ferry Historic Village and Think Safe Child Care Clinic, Intro to Sports and Sports Camp at Northwest Recreation Center. Advance registration is required. Read More

February 17, 2017 Fire-Dept-Media-Release-Rescue-Vehicle

Firefighters to Receive CPR Training Unit from NADA Foundation

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department Emergency Medical Services training program will benefit from a generous donation from Randy Kuehl Honda on Monday, February 20th.  Randy Kuehl Honda, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, will present a Resusci Anne CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) unit to the department. Read More

February 16, 2017 Engineer talking with students

Science Classes Explore Bridge Designs with City Engineer

In advance of Engineers Week February 19 – 25, Public Works Engineering staff visited Prairie Creek Intermediate School and provided 5th grade science students in several classrooms with insight into engineering career fields. Students learned that careers in civil engineering include working on bridges, trails, parking structures, roads, and much more. Read More

February 15, 2017 downtown skyline

Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force  Report

The Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force was formed in early February of 2016 to address the problem of gun violence in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas in the county. The Task Force worked to investigate the current state of the community and explore solutions to youth violence. Read More

February 10, 2017 Police department building signage

Police Substation Open at 1233 1st Avenue SE

The Cedar Rapids Police Department’s Police Substation at 1233 1st Avenue SE, Suite F, is now open.   The previous location at 1501 1st Avenue SE is closed.  The annual cost savings of the relocation is up to $60,000. Read More

February 06, 2017 Bulky-Item-Collection

Half-price Bulky Item Collection Through Feb. 28

The Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Division is offering customers half off the collection of bulky furniture during the month February as part of the CleanUpCR campaign.  The half-price discount is available on the following items: chairs, couches, tables, mattresses, dressers, and similar items. 

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January 22, 2017 Police car door

Stolen Vehicle Involved in Attempt to Elude Police and Collision

The driver of a vehicle stolen from the City's southeast side on Sunday morning attempted to elude police officers and was involved in a crash off of U.S. Interstate 380. Read More

January 17, 2017 Bow hunter with sunset in the background

2016-2017 Deer Management Program Summary

The City of Cedar Rapids Deer Management Program concluded the 2016-2017 bow hunt season on January 10th. A total of 82 hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt.   27 of the 82 hunters were successful in harvesting at least one deer.  There were a total of 146 deer taken during this season's bow hunt. This is an increase of 48 deer from the 2015-2016 season. Read More

January 11, 2017 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Police Department Relocating Police Substation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is relocating the Police Substation, also known as the Community Connections Center, from 1501 1st Avenue SE to 1233 1st Avenue SE, Suite F.   This move will be taking place over the next 45 days and will be completed by March 1st.  

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December 27, 2016 Generic-City-News

Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

The Cedar Rapids Utilities Department – Water Division reminds customers of ways to help prevent frozen pipes this winter. Read More

December 14, 2016 Row of historic residential homes

City of Cedar Rapids Joins Nextdoor

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined Nextdoor to help make our community stronger and safer. Nextdoor is a free private social networking website for neighborhoods. Read More

December 13, 2016 Dog and cat outside in the snow

Brrrr – It's Cold Outside! Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

When the mercury dips into freezing temperatures, it’s important for you to protect your companion animals from the cold.  Here are a few guidelines that will help you keep them safe. Read More

December 02, 2016 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2016 Paving for Progress Impacts

The 2016 Paving for Progress season is nearing completion, which includes approximately 10 linear miles of pavement improvements. This year marked the third construction season of the program, which will include an estimated $18.4 million investment and a completion of 28 streets.  Read More

October 12, 2016 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

City Breaks Ground on Sinclair Levee

City officials celebrated a milestone in permanent flood protection during a groundbreaking for the Sinclair Levee on October 11. The ceremony acknowledged the construction of the first permanent flood protection since the adoption of the Flood Control System Master Plan in June 2015. Read More

September 28, 2016 Barricades around Veterans Memorial Building

Flood Update and Revised Evacuation Area

The Cedar River level is slowing dropping after cresting at nearly 22 feet yesterday. The river will likely remain high for the next several days, and is expected to reach approximately 18 feet by Thursday early evening. The evacuation area has been adjusted to a smaller perimeter. Barricades and access control points have been moved to the revised perimeter and will continue to be monitored for public safety. Read More

September 27, 2016 Flooding around May's Island, evening of September 26

Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response

The Cedar River is cresting at 22 feet and will likely remain high for the next several days. Residents are still urged to stay out of the evacuation area and to heed curfew times until the flood risk has passed. Do not go near the temporary flood control system or go near water. Read More

September 26, 2016 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control Measures in Place

Cedar Rapids’ temporary flood control measures are in place and Public Works engineering teams as well as US Army Corps of Engineer teams will actively monitor for any weaknesses and re-enforce the system as necessary 24 hours a day. Read More

September 25, 2016 City workers prepare for flooding

Flood Preparation and Evacuation Plans Continue

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cedar Rapids will see a river crest of 16 feet by Monday morning, which is considered major flood stage.  The City’s Incident Command Team activated at 7:00 this morning and is utilizing a cross-departmental team of Public Safety, Public Works, and other City departments. Read More

September 25, 2016 View of empty street taken from third avenue

Important: Flood Evacuation Notice

Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave the area. Returning to your residence may be restricted because of the potential safety risks in the evacuation zone.  Public safety personnel are recommending that you leave immediately, but no later than 8:00 p.m. this evening.  Remaining in the evacuation area places residents at risk and will place safety personnel at risk. Read More

September 22, 2016 Generic-City-News

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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Temporary City Hall Relocation Information Effective Immediately

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photo of City Hall building

FY18 Budget Presented to City Council

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 beginning July 1, 2017 was presented to the Mayor and City Council on February 9, 2017. Read More

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