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Cold weather causing many problems in Cedar Rapids

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The extreme cold over the past few days has caused all kinds of problems across Eastern Iowa. Friday morning alone the Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to nearly fifty accidents including a couple with injuries on Interstate 380.

"Kinda like riding a roller-coaster ride. Just around and around and around like a bumper car," described Terry Wertz, after walking away from an accident Friday morning.

Wertz was driving north on 380 near Quaker Oats when he hit a slick spot, slammed into the guard rail and started spinning.

"Next thing I know I saw a van coming right at me, my window," said Wertz.

Wertz got hit head on. Fortunately, everyone walked away from this four-car crash. This just scratches the surface of the issues Cedar Rapids has had to deal with because of the cold.

"About 7:16 this morning we had a breaker switch that opened up at Cedar sub-station and put about 250 people out of power," said Alliant spokesperson Dave Koch.

The police station was among the downtown area buildings in the dark, a day after the department flooded thanks to heating coils that froze and split open.

"It's just been one thing after another and again, just proud of our officers that they have risen to the occasion," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin. 

Crashes, outages, floods -- for almost everybody, it can't warm up soon enough.

"We're all I'm sure, everybody is anxious for the change in the forecast and the warmer weather coming," said Koch.

Warm temperatures are on the horizon and Cedar Rapids Police can only hope that quickly leads to safer roads.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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