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Volunteers available to shovel out hydrants

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- With all the snow that has fallen in Iowa this winter, you have no doubt seen a fire hydrant covered in snow.  Now, volunteer help is available to help clear those hydrants out.

Recognizing that not everyone is physically able to shovel snow, the Cedar Rapids Building and Trades Council has collected the names of volunteers willing to help shovel them out as part of their "Working 4 Iowa" project.

To request assistance, call the East Central Iowa Volunteer Center at 319-540-4810.  All you need to do is give them the location of the hydrant that needs to be cleared.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department recommends three feet of clearance on all sides of a fire hydrant.

Cedar Rapids has nearly 4,800 public fire hydrants and about 1,800 private fire hydrants in the city limits.

If you notice a hydrant that needs repair, report it to the Water Department by calling 319-286-5960.

Keeping fire hydrants clear of snow can save precious minutes for firefighters as they do their work. 

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