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Sandbag pickup underway in Cedar Rapids

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

In preparation for the 2016 flooding, Cedar Rapids filled more than 300,000 sandbags. The city was left largely untouched by water but a lot of cleanup is  still underway.

Today, crew members of Quality Construction Services out of Eldrige, Iowa began the process of removing sandbags from residential neighborhoods, starting in the Northwest side of town near Ellis Park.

Crews first had to go through and move sandbags from the curbs into the streets so that they could be loaded up into a dump truck. From there they will be taken to a quarry where the sand will be able to be reused.

Homeowners need to move sandbags to the curbs and make sure any vehicles are out of the way for workers. If not, they may not be picked up.

"We're not going to work around them. We've been told if there's a car there, to bypass them," said Craig Atzen, General Manager of Quality Construction Services.

He said that, if necessary, if they will backtrack and pick up small piles of bags.

They expect it to take up to three weeks to finish the job. A drop off location at Ellis Park will remain open until Friday

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