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Volunteers Help Iowa City Unload Thousands of Sandbags

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- It takes some pretty strong arms to cut through and dump out a fifty pound sand bag.
Now imagine having to do that to nearly ten thousand of them.
“We’ve got an assembly line going,” said volunteer Lorenzo Manalo.
He’s one of dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Chicago helping Iowa City empty sandbags. 
More than 50,000 sandbags were given to homes and businesses for flood protection.
“We plan on reclaiming all that sand, none of it was in flood water,” said Public Works volunteer coordinator Carol Sweeting.
The sand being saved will be mixed with salt later for snow removal in the winter.
Even though that’s a long time from now, volunteers say it’s never too soon to lend a helping hand.
 “We are in the blazing sun right now,” said volunteer Kayla Fox. “But you forget about all that when you realize what you’re doing is for other people.”

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