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Cedar Rapids storm cleanup ongoing, city asks for patience

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Chris Carpenter has lived in his Cedar Rapids home for two years. It's flooded before, but the damage from last week's storms is the worst he's seen.

"It's everything," said Carpenter. "We have no basement or nothing. That's just a cement slab there. That's everything we own right there."

He was told to put his damaged belongings on the curb so the city could pick it up Monday, but it's still there.

"It looks terrible," said Carpenter. "It looks nasty and I don't like it at all. I'm very frustrated with it."

He's certainly not alone. Driving down Wilson Avenue, one can see plenty of piles of storm damage still waiting to be picked up.

The problem is the fact that damage is so widespread: 550 addresses have registered damage.

"We're trying to get to it as soon as possible," said Megan Murphy, Utilities Communication Coordinator. "It's just a lot to deal with throughout the entire city, so we ask for people's patience."

There's good news for residents, however: As long as you register your property, they'll take away the debris for free if you call 319-286-5897.

As for trees, the city is just now getting around to cleaning those up because they had to prepare for possible flooding immediately after the heavy rain. But if you take the branches to the curb, officials say they will take them away once they get to your block.
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