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Third round of debris removal sweeps through Cedar Rapids

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by Brady Smith

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The third wave of flood debris disposal has begun in Cedar Rapids, and there's still quite a lot to be removed.

At its highest point this summer, flood debris was collected in as much as thousands of tons a day.   Though that number has gone down, the city is trying to clean the bulk of it before winter arrives.

Mechanical claws do most of the heavy lifting for city crews, and the assisting workers from GM Enterprise Demolition of North Carolina.  

GM Enterprise Demolition owner Greg McCoy compares what he sees here to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

McCoy says their goal is to get as much of this off the streets by winter - working at an average of 30 to 50 tons a day.

Jones tells us flood victims have been cooperating in separating their debris into categories of hazardous waste and appliances.   But, he says, nearly 300 homes deemed unsafe for entry have still been largely untouched.   A reminder that come springtime, the cleanup will resume.

Online Reporter:  Brady Smith

Online Producer: Dani Blecha

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