Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery

Cedar Rapids, IA

On June 13, 2008, the Cedar River crested to its highest level in Cedar Rapids, Iowa history, 31.12 feet. The floodwaters penetrated 10 square miles or 14 percent of the city. This monumental flood impacted 7,198 parcels, including 5,390 houses, dislocated more than 18,000 residents and damaged 310 city facilities, with 1,300 structures to be demolished.

ProSource has worked locally with the city of Cedar Rapids on numerous projects related to this major flood event. These services have included:

  • Turnkey residential and commercial property acquisition, for the single largest CDBG funded acquisition project
  • Uniform Act Relocation
  • Real estate title coordination / title defect clearance / loan mediation
  • Real estate closing coordination
  • Database/document management
  • Duplication of benefits (DOB) meetings, review and auditing
  • Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) coordination and reviews
  • Third-Party administration of local, state and federally funded programs
  • Third-Party administration of local, state and federally funded business reestablishment programs
  • Property inspections
  • Verification of applicant eligibility
  • Communication plan assistance
  • Quality assurance / auditing programs
  • Development of policies and procedures to comply with federal and state regulations
  • Management of the recovery of demolition costs from the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP)
  • Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage (ICC) program
  • Management of documentation services required to comply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 14-point checklist

Working closely with all the stakeholders including the City, community, U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Department of House and Urban Development (HUD) and the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), numerous policies and procedures have been developed and streamlined, easing the way for other communities dealing with similar disasters.