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West Liberty Holds Solid Waste Pick-up After Flash Flooding

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- Parts of Eastern Iowa are still cleaning up after last week's flash flooding.  Hundreds of homes in West Liberty were damaged by the non-stop rainfall.

This weekend the city opened up a solid waste pick-up so folks can clear out their basements. “We are getting the debris out of the basements and their homes that were affected,” said Laura Liegois, Muscatine County Solid Waste Manager.

The pick-up started Saturday morning, and will begin again Sunday from 9am to 2pm at the Dutton Sports Complex. “It's the magnitude of the event; we had about 350 people flooded,” said Jose Zacarias, a City Council Member.

City leaders say the event is due to public health concerns. “We don't want anything to happen, such as mold growth or anything that way, so this is why we're doing this,” said Chris Ward, City Manager.

It costs money to clean up, but city leaders say it pays for itself by preventing public health issues. Plus, by helping each other bounce back, they say they’re building a better community. “That’s the important thing about a community; people, at times of need, helping each other out,” said Ward.

Crews expect to take away more than 10 tons of waste this weekend.
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