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Johnson County Evacuees Go Back Home
IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Going room by room, Frank Janaszak is checking for damage in his home on Riverfront Estates SE.
“We’re looking at cracks in the floor that the water pressure had put on it,” Janaszak said.
He hasn’t been home in nearly three weeks after he and others who live along the Iowa River were forced to evacuate.
“We found an apartment to live in,” he said.
Piece by piece, he’s slowly moving things back to the first floor of his home that was covered in flood water at least one foot deep.
“If this floor has to be replaced, you’re talking thousands of dollars then,” Janaszak said.
Besides looking for damage, some residents have been looking for mold, bacteria, and other residue.
“There’s just so much mud,” said Kim Kipp-Sutliff cleaning her home on Riverfront Estates.
Three feet of water poured into her home that now has no power or running water, and that’s not even the worst of it.
“It just totally trashed the yard,” she said. “This is probably going to be the most expensive thing to fix.”
She says her backyard and garden have been destroyed, but even so is still grateful to still have a place to call home.
“I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed, can’t wait to sit on my own couch,” Kipp-Sutliff said.
Insurance inspections and power restoration are expected to begin Monday.