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Cedar Rapids repairs water pipes after debris removal

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Following the floods, the city removed more than 70,000 tons of debris using trucks with large claws and skid loaders. Now city crews are working to fix stop valves damaged during that process.

The trucks scraped debris from the roads and in some cases caught on a water pipe head and broke the stop valves, especially during the first six weeks of recovery. The Solid Waste and Recycling Division is working with the Water Division to remove all the damaged valves that have been reported.

So far the city has identified about 60 damages stop valves and will pay about $1,000 to replace each one.

The city plans to submit the repair costs to FEMA for reimbursement.

Anyone who sees a broken water pipe stop valve is asked to call the city's Water Division at 319-286-5900.

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