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March 14, 2023

Cedar Rapids' $750M flood control effort may get pricier

  • High inflation and construction cost spikes are weighing on the system.
    The Gazette

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — High inflation and construction cost spikes are prompting city of Cedar Rapids officials to study the impact of growing expenses on its permanent flood control system.

    The Gazette reports that as originally envisioned, the city's massive infrastructure project of flood gates, levees and pump stations is estimated to cost $750 million over an approximately 20-year time span — a figure already adjusted for inflation from the initial $550 million estimate.

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