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Flood victims cleaning up, debris dropped off at Winneshiek Recycling Center

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It's been a week like no other at the Winneshiek County Recycling Center. This is where people are dropping off items damaged in the flood.

"It's been nonstop traffic, since the flood, since we got set up. And we've been going sun up to sundown. There's people in the middle of the night dropping stuff," said Terry Buenzow, manager at the recycling center.

Household items, anything and everything that was wet. Mattresses, furniture, and appliances. Before the belongings are taken to the landfill, they have to be compacted and broken down. Anything that's not recyclable, like metal is taken out.

"There's a different smell to it today, than there was before.  This stuff is starting to cure and we're picking up that four and five day old smell...after it's cured in the sun, we're getting a different level of it," admitted Buenzow.

It's been exhausting for all those involved. The first day or two, it was kind of this quiet state of shock and they had a lot of energy, and you look at them today...and what day is today?  Sunday? Yeah, lose track you know. They're wore out. We're all dragging. We're still movin' but it's in a lower gear," Buenzow said.

Still, flood  victims are encouraged by those lending a helping hand.

Those affected by the flood may be eligible to receive disaster assistance to cover some losses. The Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation is administering the program. For more information, visit: http://www.neicac.org or call David Boss at 563-382-8436 Ext. 117.

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