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Greene nearly back to normal after flooding

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The floods have passed, but the clean up throughout Eastern Iowa will continue for weeks to come.

It is a sight that has become all too familiar in the recent weeks; high waters and sandbags trying protect as much as they can.  However it was a different story a week later in Greene, the Main Street nearly back to normal.

"I think everybody got back into the swing of things very quickly this time. Upbeat. Everybody is going again. We learned a lot from '08 I think," said Tony Kreimeyer, who owns the local grocery store.

Only minor water reaching these businesses, but the same cannot be said for some of the homes in Greene.  A letterman jacket among the dumped debris and a graveyard of ruined appliances.

For one retired couple, there isn't much difference between now and 8 years ago. Their home surrounded by water during the height of the flood.

"Water every place; things floating. Everything looked like a mess," said Rodger Hoelscher, a homeowner in Greene.

The basements in Hoelscher's neighborhood turning into swimming pools.  Despite elevating items, the deep freeze floated off the cinder blocks it was on and tipped over. Many of the tools and projects that were stacked on Hoelscher's workbench had to be thrown away.

"But in the long run, it was probably good because if I wouldn't have thrown it out, we wouldn't have as clean of basement. My daughter headed up the cleaning crew and she said, 'Dad, don't get mad, but I am throwing it all away,'" said Hoelscher.

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