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Holes, Debris from Storms in Downtown CR

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)-Monday's severe weather is round 2 for the Corridor in just less than 24 hours.

Residents and drivers were left stranded as flash flooding hit mnay streets in Cedar Rapids Sunday night.

One neighborhood on Meadowbrook Drive, found their road had split and cracked due to the amount of wet ground beneath them.

"It was unbelievable," Ward Fulmer said.

Neighbors said they came out earlier Monday morning and found a deep hole pushing water onto a concrete block that made a large wave.

They then said the water continued to flow down the block carrying blocks of asphalt and concrete with it.

"This is unreal," Fulmer said about the streets in his neighborhood.

Neighbors in the area like Fulmer were walking around their neighborhood looking at the damage and said they can't believe water did the damage it did.

"The worst part about it is that it came down this street, came down this street and all converged into what you see," Heather Adams said about what she saw Monday morning.

Neighbors said they haven't seen anything like this on their street. And they said their street always floods.

"Our street usually floods but this time it was different it was coming up my sons car," Fulmer said.

He said he had to scoop water out of his cars this time.

Last time Fulmer's family saw higher water levels on their street was back in 2008 when they decided to go tubing.

"After 2008, you think we've had it figured out. You can hear the water flowing down the streets and the streets are pretty much dry," Fulmer said standing on a dry concrete block.

The city said they're working around the clock to fix our roads.

"We're clearing roads. We're pumping excess water off into storm systems," Cedar Rapids Public Works Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson said.

Crews will continue to assess the damage and decide how to maintain the roads. But the city asks that residents be patient because some roads will take crews longer to replace.

The Meadowbrook Drive block is one of the streets that will take crews longer to fix.

"We'll have to evaluate why down the block from us we had a major collapse that shouldn't happen," Hanson said.

Neighbors said nothing could've been done to prevent Mother Nature's damage on those roads.

"Honestly, I don't know what more they can do," Adams said.

But the city said they'll find a way to clean the mess.

"Hopefully after this devastation this neighborhood gets put back on the list," Fulmer said.

Monday's storms didn't help but added more to the damage in this neighborhood.

Reports of power off and trees down from neighbors came into the CBS 2 newsroom.

Hanson said that with the more storms coming, if you don't see the curb, then there could be 6-12 inches of water.

Remember, "Turn around, don't drown."

 
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