Iowa City flood supplies are being used to help protect and clean up several Iowa communities dealing with severe flooding.

Iowa City delivered two shipping containers worth of HESCO barriers to the City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County Sheriff as well as two skid loader attachments used to fill sandbags. City of Iowa City Civil Engineer Jason Reichart also spent time in Cedar Rapids Friday, Sept. 23,  helping with the installation of the barriers. Altogether, Iowa City helped supply Cedar Rapids with about a mile worth of HESCO barriers and 3,500 to 4,000 sandbags.  

On Tuesday, City staff members loaded a Linn County truck with a device used to remove and salvage HESCO barriers. Those resources will be used as the water recedes.

Iowa City also delivered a flood trailer to Butler County filled with shovels, plastic, sandbags and other flood fighting materials that was packaged by Johnson County Emergency Management. City staff also delivered additional HESCO barriers to the regional storage area in Iowa City and spent time loading and unloading barriers headed for several flood-impacted communities, including Cedar Falls.

Three City employees, including Iowa City Fire Chief John Grier, were activated to help as part of the Iowa All Hazard Incident Management Team, an organization created to assist local governments during challenging situations, like severe flooding. Chief Grier has been assisting at the Cedar Rapids Incident Command Post for several days.

Flood supplies came from Iowa City, Johnson County and others. The City was able to coordinate with Johnson County and Linn County Emergency Management to help fulfill requests for needed supplies. 

Date of publication

Wednesday, September 28, 2016