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Volunteers Help With Sandbag Removal in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - For Jeff Alden and his son Errol, this Saturday morning called for their attention.

"I thought it would be something good for the boy and I to do to give back to the neighborhood," Alden said.

And quite a workout it turned out to be.

The Aldens were part of about 15 United Way of Johnson County volunteers who picked up with was put down weeks ago, all of the sandbags.The nearly 6,000 sandbags had been lining the low-lying streets ad homes just west of City Park; Normandy Drive, Manor Drive, and Granada Court.

"There was a big line of sandbags with plastic over the top marring a beautiful house making it impossible to access the garage or get out of the house and now the owners will think that's my house again, and that counts," Alden explained.

However, moving the nearly 2,000 sandbags at one house alone made for a strenuous Saturday. Each sandbag weighs about 40 pounds.The sandbags were carried from up near the house to the street, waiting to be taken away.

"The City of Iowa City will come on Monday with street trucks and they will pick up the sandbags and take them down to the Public Works Department," Terri Anderson, Director of Finance and Operations for United Way of Johnson County, said.

About 2,700 sandbags in total were moved from two houses today, a sign that the earlier danger of high water has passed.

"Its just a great way to help our community by helping our neighborhood," Anderson said.

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