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Clean-up begins after major storm in Waterloo

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Flood victims in Black Hawk County spent today cleaning up basements. Many were forced to deal with several feet of water after the floods.

For Maribeth Rover the water came up too fast for her to do anything about it. Ground water filled her basement.

"The TV fell off the stand and the washer was floating and it just kept filling and filling," said Rover.

Rover has lived on Home Park Boulevard in Waterloo for 33 years and has only seen the water get this high one other time. After her sump pump failed, family and friends started bringing in other pumps to get the water out of her basement. Then the clean-up began.

"All of my belongings filled the dumpster so the basement is pretty much a shell now," said Rover.

Rover says her insurance won't cover an eighth of the stuff she lost but she is trying to look on the bright side.

"You try to think positive or it too... Family and friends were good about helping so I'm very thankful for that," said Rover.

The City of Waterloo will start a citywide curbside pick-up of flood damaged debris the week of Saturday July 10th through Friday July 16th. Residents can starting placing damaged items curbside starting Saturday.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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