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"Old Farts" honored in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The homes destroyed by the June 2008 flood shared at least one thing in common: they all needed new electrical wiring after the waters receded.

A group of retired electrical workers decided to volunteer their time to re-wire 200 homes in Cedar Rapids, and they were honored Sunday.

"We all get along together, and maybe we get along better retired than we did when we were working," laughed Bill Burke. He's proud to be called an "old fart."

The "Old Farts Electric" team is made up of retired electrical workers in Cedar Rapids.

"I've worked with most of these people over the 40 years, and it's been great getting back together."

Burke and other members of the team say the months of work was rewarding. It's an experience the homeowners will cherish for the rest of their lives.

"I think just their generosity is what I'm going to remember the most," said Cindy Koehler.

SanDee Skelton says she remembers coming home and seeing for the first time, people working to restore electricity to her home. It was the Old Farts.

"After everything being torn apart, I saw people putting my house back together, and I just cried, and it was tears of joy," Skelton told us. "It was awesome because I heard laughter in my house again."

Skelton told us that the Old Farts actually made her home better than it ever was., adding new light fixtures, and moving her laundry room up to the first floor.

"I just kept finding more and more things I could put in the washer and dryer, because I enjoy having a laundry room; it was just like party time."

State and local leaders won't forget about the service they performed. Each member of the team was awarded certificates of recognition from Governor Chet Culver's office, and a resolution is being drafted in the House of Representatives to officially honor these "Old Farts."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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