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Cold weather could mean trouble for some Cedar Rapids homes

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDD (KWWL) -- Ron Douglas decided just last week to try and save his flood-damaged Cedar Rapids home.

"It's like putting lipstick on a pig, but I will be living here," Douglas says.

For now, Douglas is living in a FEMA trailer in North Liberty. But every day he comes here, putting in long hours to essentially put his house back together.

"This is just an old laundry tub-type sink that I have hooked to where the washer hooked up so that I have running water for drinking water and wash up," Douglas says.  "I cook here a lot when I'm working."

Douglas says he'll turn his water off when the weather gets cold. He then plans on replacing the pipes.

"If I was not in this house and had water in here and I just walked away, well these pipes would be bursting over the winter," says Douglas.

That's why the city of Cedar Rapids is urging people who don't have heat to get their water turned off before it's too late.

"We don't want them to have cleaned up their home and done some repairs and then have some of that damaged by water that is due to the frozen pipes that could have been prevented," says Kevin Kirchner of the Cedar Rapids Water Department.

Douglas knows not having water will be an incovenience. But for someone who's lived in his home for thirty years, it's not going to stand in the way of working.

"I'm retired and I planned on living here til I croak," Douglas says.   "So I guess I can fix it up good enough for that."

Douglas says he's prepared for not having water in his house. He says as long as he can find a source of heat, he plans to keep working here through the winter so that he can be living here by next summer.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel


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