VIDEO: Loebsack Continues Fight for Cedar Rapids Flood Protection
Congressman Dave Loebsack today, at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, questioned Charles Alexander, the Director of Contingency Operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, about the delay in the construction of Cedar Rapids’ flood mitigation projects. During the hearing, Loebsack inquired about the Corps use of the benefit-cost-ratio that decides which projects will be built and places smaller communities, such as Cedar Rapids, at a disadvantage. Loebsack also called for Director Alexander to submit in writing the current status of the Cedar Rapids flood mitigation projects.
Video of Loebsack’s exchange can be found here.
“It was heartbreaking to see the devastation and loss of life that was left behind in the aftermath of the Hurricanes that affected the Gulf Coast region, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Seeing these images brought back memories of the damage Cedar Rapids suffered after the Floods of 2008. Iowans are also uniquely aware of how long the road to recovery can be as Cedar Rapids continues to wait for its flood mitigation project to be built. It was approved years ago, but to this day, construction has not begun. It is unacceptable that communities like Cedar Rapids continue to be put at risk because of a flawed measurement.”