Cedar Rapids city officials warn homes with old sandbags may be fined

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- City leaders say homeowners with old sandbags on their property from the 2016 flood must remove them by the end of the month, or start facing fines. In fact, the city is sending letters to offenders saying this is their "final notice" to clean up their area.

TV9 went around the city and found sandbags still sitting out in the southwest side today. The city doesn't know how much they'll fine people for bags like the ones we had seen. A spokesperson with the Utilities department tells TV9 it is in the process of being determined adding this is not the first time homeowners have been warned.

The city first sent out 113 letters back in January. This latest batch is being sent out is 44. That reduction they believe is a sign they're being heard. Crews will go around seeing who still has bags though in early March.

People can comply two simple ways, they can either put their sandbags by the curb before February 27th for pickup or bring them to the Linn County Solid Waste Agency's "A" Street landfill.