FLOODING ISSUES: Soggy Cedar Falls Neighborhood

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Parts of eastern Iowa are still dealing with flooding concerns.

For days, people in the North Cedar neighborhood in Cedar Falls have been busy cleaning up soaked basements and trying to divert water away from their houses.

Since North Cedar doesn’t have a single storm sewer, there’s nowhere for the water to drain except in the soil and the city says there’s nothing it can do to help

“Until that frost releases and that water’s able to penetrate the soil, there’s really not much we can do there,” says Brian Heath, city operations manager.

The city doesn’t plan on installing a storm sewer because leaders say that would cost the city millions of dollars.

The North Cedar neighborhood does have a sanitary sewer system but the city says pumping water into that manhole could cause serious health issues if water were to back up from that system into homes.

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