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Flood Debris removal causes more damage in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Division is working with the Water Division to repair water pipe stop valves damaged during flood debris removal operations. City crews have worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation and several contractors to remove more than 70,000 tons of debris from flood-impacted residential areas since the June flooding disaster. The City believes the stop valves were damaged during the emergency phase of debris removal, within the first six weeks of flood recovery.

During these operations, crews used debris collection trucks with large claws to scoop and skid loaders to scrape the debris from the City's right-of-way areas. In some cases, this equipment caught the water pipe head at ground level and broke the stop valves. City crews and contractors are repairing those broken valves as they are reported. The average cost of repairing each stop valve is $1000. So far, 60 stop valves have been found damaged. The City will submit these repair costs to FEMA for reimbursement.

If residents find a broken water pipe stop valve in a flood-impacted area, please report its location to the Water Division at (319) 286-5900.

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