Posted on: November 3, 2016

Auditor’s Office Makes Seamless Transition

Auditor's Office employees at their temporary location during the 2016 flood

“The transition was seamless!”

That’s how Linn County Deputy Auditor Becky Shoop described the functions of the Auditor’s Office before, during and after the flood.

With only days to spare before the start of early voting on September 29, employees ...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Geographic Information Services Department Played a Crucial Role in the County’s Flood Efforts

Image of a GIS map of the Cedar River through Cedar Rapids

The Geographic Information Services Department (GIS) played a crucial role in Linn County’s efforts to battle the rising water from the September 2016 flood and help residents in need.

The GIS Team began by creating a predictive flood map that helped i...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Innovative Solutions to Flood Problems

Jig to remove HESCO barrier pins

Linn County Secondary Road Mechanic Dennis Kriegel knows first-hand that necessity is truly the mother of invention.

In the wake of the flood, Kriegel created a “jig” (pictured at right) that made it safer, faster and less damaging to take the HESCO b...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Lessons Learned from the Flood of 2008

Photo of Linn County Public Service Center

Linn County Facilities Director Garth Fagerbakke said one of the defining moments of the 2016 flood had to do with a sanitary sewer line.

Fagerbakke said in the wake of the 2008 flood, a valve was installed at the Public Service Center (PSC) to shut of...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Linn County Conservation Employees Were Right on the Mark

Heron Playground at Pinicon Ridge Park under water due to flood

My name is Aaron Batchelder and I’m the Wapsipinicon District Park Manager. On behalf of the Linn County Conservation Department, I want to share our flood story.

When people hear "Flood-Linn County", most people think about the Cedar River a...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Multiple County Departments Pitch in to Brace for Flood Water

County crews installing HESCO barriers at the Linn County Sheriff's Office

One day after flood waters crested in downtown Cedar Rapids, Linn County Secondary Road Superintendent Ben Merta proudly showed off some of the work his department did to prepare for the flood.

“This is called skid loader ballet,” said Merta, smiling. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Risk Manager Steve Estenson Led Linn County’s Flood Efforts

Steve Estenson standing near May's Island

One of the first decisions made by the Linn County Board of Supervisors in the days before the 2016 flood was to appoint Linn County Risk Manager Steve Estenson as the Incident Commander. That’s a formal way of saying that Steve was in charge of coordinat...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Treasurer’s Office Gave Flood-Affected Residents an Extension to Pay Property Taxes

DOT mobile unit at the Community Services Building

Linn County Treasurer Sharon Gonzalez leveraged an important contact to significantly help county taxpayers as the flood water started to rise.

During a September 24th meeting with former county treasurer and Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Sha...Read on...