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Volunteers helping flood-damaged homes preserve history

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - History is on the move in Cedar Rapids.

It's part of a deconstruction project along 1st Avenue between 18th and 19th streets Southeast.

Four older homes are slated to be torn down to make room for new development.

But for the fourth straight weekend, volunteers are salvaging many of the building materials.

Everything from sinks to floorboards will be recycled.

Instead of the items going to the landfill, they will be used to help reconstruct historic flood-damaged buildings around the city.

"It's just great to work with youth in our community that realize this potential, that they're at the front end of it they may not get to see the installation part, but they know that this will be utilized in flood recovery," said Rod Scott, President of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance.

Scott says the Volunteer Recovery Center will help identify the homes that may be interested in buying the recycled materials at what he says will be a very low cost.

Online reporter: Bryan Goettel

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