Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery: An Interview with Christine Butterfield
Christine Butterfield is the director of community development for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which was hit by a record-breaking flood in June 2008. She speaks here about the extensive planning effort to rebuild a city in which more than 10,000 people were evacuated from areas along the Cedar River, historic neighborhoods were inundated, and thousands of residents lost their homes or saw them badly damaged. At the 2011 APA National Planning Conference in Boston, she and her staff saw the city’s heroic efforts recognized with an APA National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practices in Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Planning, which was shared with Sasaki Associates, Inc., for the city’s new River Corridor Development Plan.
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