2016 Flood: Linn County Success Stories
In September 2016, the Cedar River crested at its second highest level in history in Linn County, second only to the historic flood in 2008. The lessons learned in 2008 proved invaluable in our response to the flooding this past September. As a community, we were better prepared, and our preparation led to a much better outcome.
Here we share with you just a few of Linn County’s success stories about the preparation, hard work and cooperation of county employees during this historic event.
The most crucial actions were to protect the public, our employees and our infrastructure. Five county buildings were evacuated and hundreds of employees were relocated to minimize a disruption of services. At Linn County, all of our buildings were back open for business, with normal business functions, by October 3, approximately only one week after closing.
During the flooding emergency, the Board of Supervisors met daily to brief on the flood, the County’s actions and to make decisions as necessary. Board members were also part of the team working at the Emergency Operations Center with the Linn County Emergency Management Agency.
Here are our stories: