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UPDATE: 168,000 tons of flood debris in Cedar Rapids landfills

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- New numbers released by the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency shows that more than 168,000 tons of flood debris have made its way into Cedar Rapids landfills.

The agency has broken it down to flood debris and debris removed from the Sinclair Meat packing site.

Through June 4, 2010, 123,747.91 tons of flood debris has been disposed of at the Cedar Rapids Landfill, Mt. Trashmore, while 27,855.42 tons of debris had been brought to the County Home Road facility for several months following the floods.  It was then decided that all flood debris should be brought to Mt. Trashmore.

Since demolition of the former Sinclair Meat packing Plant began in May, 17,395.75 tons of that debris has been brought to Mt. Trashmore. 

Demolition of the plant began in May after the floods of 2008 and two fires made the site unsafe.

While they can't guess how much more debris will come into Mt. Trashmore, with months of demolition at the Sinclair site ahead, and 100's of homes still left to be demolished, you can expect the current numbers to go up quite significantly.

Joe Horaney, Communications Director for the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency says, the contractor demolishing the Sinclair site is working to salvage as much material as possible.

He adds that a flyover will be done later this summer to determine how much space is left in the landfill.

No matter how full Mt. Trashmore gets, Horaney says the site will be closed on April 1, 2011.  Any flood debris left at that point will be taken to the County Home Road site.

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