Cedar Rapids Fights Back Against Flooding

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Iowa National Guard members walk past a local business covered in sandbags, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

City crews and residents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have been stacking sandbags and building barriers as the Cedar River swells beyond its banks in the state. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes and businesses.

The city saw record flooding in 2008 and officials hope the lessons learned in that natural disaster will help prevent more damage this time.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Dean Borg of Iowa Public Radio.


Dean Borg, Iowa City-based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio.

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