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Clean up in full force days later in Cedar County


CEDAR COUNTY (KWWL) -- Just about anywhere you look in Cedar County, there's snow in places it shouldn't be, and lots of it.

"This is probably the worst storm we've seen since '79," said Tim Malott with Cedar County Emergency Management.

Gravel roads are being cleared daily enough for one-way traffic to pass through, but many of these secondary roads are then being recovered by blowing snow.

A school bus on its way to North Cedar Elementary was stranded Friday morning on a stretch of road just outside of Mechanicsville.

 While conditions are poor in rural areas, they don't necessarily improve once in town.

Homeowners in West Branch are relying on help from heavy duty equipment to help clear the six feet snow drifts covering their driveways.

"It's unbelievable and if we get another one like this, I don't know where people are going to put the snow, they're just going to have to start hauling it out," said Kevin Stout of West Branch.

The good news is help is on the way.  Governor Branstad has declared a state of emergency in Cedar County, among six others, meaning next Monday, these areas in need will have more resources at their disposal.

"The state will be here  to help widen the county roads and we'll continue to work until that point,"said Malott.

Officials say assuming no additional snow, it could be until the middle of next week until Cedar County has fully recovered from the blizzard.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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