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Garbage Pick Up is Step One

Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 05:29 AM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – The damage and clean up from storms at the beginning of the month is still at the front of many people’s minds in Cedar Rapids. It might be as long as two weeks before the city has a chance to pick up tree damage, free of charge from curbs all other the city.

As for damage caused by flood and sewer water, it could be almost four weeks.

"Watch your step,” said Richard Waterhouse as he led the way into his basement. The back wall is completely blown out by what Waterhouse says was ground water that blew out his foundation. “It's muddy, it's nasty."

"It's very frustrating,” said Jim Fuchs as he stood in the middle of a pile of flood-damaged trash outside his home. “This whole process is frustrating."

"Basically everything in the house was ruined,” said Fuchs.

Fuchs and his neighbors registered their damage about a weeks ago. City crews picked it up today, but others won’t be as lucky.

"We currently have 550 properties registered and they're throughout the city, all four quadrants so it's going to take us a while to get to everyone,” said Cedar Rapids Utilities Communication Coordinator Megan Murphy.

Some of those properties just have storm water damage and those will have to wait.

The city’s top priority is piles like the ones along M Street Southwest, which the neighbors say got soaked when sewers backed up.

"What we're doing first is getting around to the sewer-damaged material because that is contaminated and we want to get that away from our community as soon as possible,” said Murphy.

The people here are happy to see the neon yellow work vests that the workers wear. Richard says the work up and down the block is far from over.

He and others want better drainage, which they say they’ve been promised before.

"It was supposed to be impossible for this to happen again,” said Waterhouse. “Look at me now."

Residents can call (319) 286-5897 to register for sewer and water damaged debris collection and for more information about how to separate that garbage as well.

Garbage Pick Up is Step One


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