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Eastern Iowans struggle to travel after flights canceled Friday

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    Dubuque Regional Airport sat empty for most of Friday afternoon as flight after flight was canceled due to a fire at an air traffic control center in Illinois, which grounded all flights in and out of Chicago.More >>
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Long lines formed at the ticket counters at the Eastern Iowa Airport as flight after flight was canceled due to a fire at an air traffic control center in Illinois, which grounded all flights in and out of Chicago.

"It's not even going through Chicago, so I have no ideas what's going on. I'm guessing it may have gotten caught up in Chicago or something," said Evan Gathers, who lives in Denver, Colorado. "It's a big airport hub, but I'm just hoping to get home sometime soon."

The ripple effect is hitting almost every flight in and out of Cedar Rapids.

Carlos Teissier visits Waterloo several times a year for work and has never had this big of a problem getting a flight home.

"This is my first time, to be honest," said Teissier, who lives in Mexico. "This big -- it's the first time."

Airlines told some travelers they won't be able to fly until at least Saturday.

Some took matters into their own hands.

"We're going to drive to Cleveland," said Jackie Leavenworth, who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. "They could re-book us tomorrow on a flight. I have to be home tomorrow morning. So we're driving to Cleveland."

Others chose to sit and wait, hoping they'll be able to fly home.
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