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CR Flood Victims Feel Forgotten

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Residents on the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids say the city has forgotten about them after last week's flash flooding. Foundations are falling apart and the smell of mold and standing water lingers in the air. It's gotten so bad out here, residents tell us that there have been instances of looting.

Over at Cheri Kirk's home, a generator churns away. That's because she hasn't had power in a week.

"We're just overwhelmed," she says. "Like, where do you start? You know?"

Not to mention, the contents of her basement now reside in her backyard.

"We also lost a furnace, water heater, washer and dryer, freezer."

Neighbor Christa Williams no longer has a basement.

"My daughter went around with a flashlight, said 'mom, you don't have foundation left,'" Williams recalls. "I said you've got to be kidding."

It adds to what has been a tough couple of years for the Mound View resident.

"Lost my husband last year, now I lost my house, lost my car...I got nothing left but me and my kids."

They are just a few of the stories on A and B Avenue Northeast, two blocks devastated by flash flooding.

It's a surprise to most here, because after major flooding in 1993 -

"They promised us in 1993 after the storm sewers were put in that we wouldn't flood again," Williams says.

David Elgin with Cedar Rapids Public Works says that's not likely.

"Certainly no one is going to tell them that Mother Nature is going to dump so much water on there, that whatever system is there is going to be able to handle everything," Elgin says.

Elgin says they will speak to neighbors, and take a look at the facts and the piping system to see what options are available. That will happen in the next 30 to 60 days.

Residents say they need help - now.

"Nobody from the city, nobody came down to help - we're just forgotten here," Williams says.

Kirk says she also feels neglected.

"Branstad checked Mercy Hospital, saw they were up and running. What about coming around to the neighborhoods?"

The large majority of residents we spoke to say unfortunately, damage at their homes is beyond repair, and they may have to abandon the homes some of them have lived in for 30 years or more.
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