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Volunteers help North Cedar Falls flood victims

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The flood waters across Eastern Iowa are receding. Cedar Falls saw some heavy flooding last weekend and those affected by the flood are getting some relief from volunteers, Saturday.

Roads like Cottage Row are drying out which is allowing homeowners to start clean-up efforts.

"You know it's so hard to process everything when you get hit by something like this," Mark Miller, Cedar Falls.

Many homes in North Cedar Falls were covered by water, including Patrick Gutknecht's home.

"It was to the point where I was without a home or basically homeless at that point in time," said Gutknecht.

Community volunteers helped Patrick and many others get back into their homes.

"It's very important to me to be back in my home as soon as possible," said Gutknecht.

Piles of debris line many streets in Cedar Falls, volunteers say the piles are evidence of the hard work they have put in all across the town.

Volunteers, young and old helped remove items from homes that were damaged by flood waters.

"It feels good to help other people that have lost like things that is important to their lives," said 12-year-old Trevor Burbridg, Cedar Falls. 

"Being able to help a guy like Patrick, you know I was here yesterday after sitting and talking to him for an hour I almost started crying," said Miller. "I know how hard it is for me and my family to go through it and Patrick's situation is so much different."

Even the smaller volunteers say they are happy to help, but they are feeling for the flood victims.

"It also makes me feel kind of sad for the people that lost so much during the flood," said 11-year-old Matthew Edler, Cedar Falls.

The volunteers will continue the cleanup Sunday. They will be back on Cottage Row and other areas in North Cedar Falls.

If you'd like to help and volunteer or if you need help visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/cvflood16/.

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