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Asbestos halts Cedar Rapids flood recovery program

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Efforts to rebuild flood-damaged homes have come to a screeching halt.  That's because organizers behind the repairs didn't check for asbestos.

The "Block by Block" organization promised to rebuild neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids damaged in the floods of 2008.

Around 2,500 volunteers have worked on more than 100 homes so far. All major work is now being delayed while the DNR investigates for asbestos.

A spokesperson for "Block by Block" says they didn't know it was an issue.

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