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UPDATE: Traffic back open after car hits building, floral shop & apartments damaged

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The morning after a car crashes into a building in downtown Cascade, the property owner, Ivan Kurt, and some friends, are trying to move forward.

"We're cleaning the sidewalk so we can get the sidewalk back open, so things can get back to normal on this block," he said.

The crash happened late Monday night  at 105 1st Avenue. 

Authorities say it was caused by Cody Finzel, 27, when he lost control of his car. They say he hit a parked car, then drove onto the sidewalk, slamming into the building.

The business located on the first level, Florals and Flair, got the majority of the damage. 

"The renters called me and told me someone rammed into the building. When I got down here, it was much, much worse than I thought it was going to be," Kurt added.

For now, those living in the second floor apartments might have to stay elsewhere. "We hope two of the apartments can come back tonight. The front apartment here we're getting an engineer in here this afternoon to tell us what we need to do this afternoon so we can occupy the building again. 

Kurt said the floral shop will not be open for a while. 

As for Finzel, he is charged with operating while intoxicated, and illegal possession of prescription drugs.


Traffic is back open in downtown Cascade, after a car rams into a building. 
A Cascade man was arrested Monday night after his car allegedly ran into a parked car and then into a building, causing the second story to be evacuated, according to the Dubuque County Sheriff.

They say 27-year-old Cody Finzel was traveling west on 1st Ave. in Cascade when he lost control of his car.

He ran first into a parked car, then hit 105 1st Ave, the sheriff said.

According to a news release, the collision caused extensive damage to an apartment building and the people who live upstairs were evacuated.

Cascade Police Chief Fred Heim says they are keeping the vehicle in place for now because they're worried the building might collapse if it's removed.

Finzel was taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated for his injuries, and then was arrested.

He's facing charges of operating while intoxicated, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The 100 block of 1st Ave. West in Cascade is closed until they can inspect the structural integrity of the building.

Heim says there are five people who live in the building that was hit, and all were evacuated.

He said one man was home and sitting right above where the car hit when it ran into the building.  Heim says the man told him it felt like an earthquake.

The first floor of the building is a floral shop that just opened up earlier this year, Heim said.

He's unsure if the owner of that store, who lives in Cedar Rapids, has been notified of the damage to the building.

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