Iowa flood barrier removal to take extended period of time
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Officials say the removal of temporary flood barriers in Cedar Rapids will take an extended period of time.
Cedar Rapids city engineer Nate Kampman says most of the removal work after water from recent floods receded focused on clearing away sand-filled HESCO barriers from entrances to bridges and important roads.
The Cedar River crested last week at its second-highest level in history. City officials say a 9.8-mile system of HESCO barriers and earthen berms protected homes and businesses.
Kampman says barriers in streets and driveways, as well as those blocking railroads and businesses, will come down first.
KCRG-TV reports that some barriers, especially those in out-of-the-way locations, such as city-owned parking lots, may be around for weeks.
Kampman says a few of the earthen berms will stay in place as long as they're not blocking streets.