Flood of 2008

The City of Cedar Rapids is in the process of demolishing approximately 1,200 flood-damaged, residential and commercial structures damaged during the Flood of 2008.

FEMA-Funded Demolitions

After the Flood in 2008, the City worked with FEMA to identify structures to be demolished under their "Imminent Threat" program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The FEMA "Imminent Threat" demolitions were completed in 2010 and the City will continue to demolish the remaining HMGP structures as they are acquired.

HUD-Funded Demolitions

Through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) the City has acquired over 1,000 flood-damaged properties. After acquisition, the program funds the clearing of that property. Demolition for this program began in 2010 and will continue through 2013 as properties are acquired. 

Current Demolition Projects

In 2012 and 2013, the City will demolish the following lists of flood-damaged properties:


Demolition Process

  1. Identify properties that are:

      • Structurally Unsafe – This means the structure has collapsing foundations, floors, walls, roofs or any combination or portions that would make the structure unsafe for entry or human occupancy

      • Environmentally Hazardous – This means that there are mold, asbestos, HHW (Household Hazardous Waste) or other environmental risks in the structure.  This is considered unsafe for human occupancy.

  2. Environmental Testing

  3. Environmental Abatement unless structurally unsafe

  4. Demolition

  5. Complete paperwork and submit for reimbursement

For more information about the demolition process, please contact the CDBG Demolition Team of the Building Services Division at 319-286-5185. 

Demolition Totals

  • 1,088 residential structures

  • 539 accessory structures (garages, sheds, etc.)

  • 93 commercial structures

Contact Information

  • CDBG Demolition Team, Building Services Division,319-286-5185

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