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Southwest Side Pulls Together

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) When storms came through Monday night, people said 18th Street and 9th Avenue SW looked like a war zone. Wind brought down trees, power lines, and blew siding and shingles off homes, flipping at least one garage.

All from winds that people say sounded like a railroad train coming down the street.

"This tree here, the smaller one, come from across the street, said 89-year old Lloyd Rowray as his family helped him clean up.

"The pressure in the house changed to wear our ears hurt as we were going downstairs, said Jay McFarland, the self-appointed Mayor of 9th Ave.

Once the sun came up, the people came out

"It's too bad we lost some trees, you know those things don't grow overnight, but now we'll get to plant some new ones, said Ron Heidt as he helped clean up his mothers home.

"I mean its like somebody just chopped the whole top of the tree off, said Heidt.

The Jefferson Softball team was supposed to have practice this morning. Their field is just behind the homes that got damage.

Instead, they traded in their gloves for a morning of clean up.

"There was no conversation, said Katelyn Holub, a senior on the team. We just all wanted to help and be here. They put up with us 24/7 in the summer so we wanted to do something nice for them."

"If you do something good for somebody, they appreciate it more than the kids who are doing it have any idea, said Heidt.

Thats the main theme up and down what might be the most damaged part of Cedar Rapids. Neighbors helping neighbors, just because.

"Anytime there's a disaster, they won't let me do anything, said Rowray.

"That's what these quiet neighborhoods are all about, said McFarland. Everybody coming together.

Alliant Energy says at its worst, there were a little more than 3,000 without power. They say theyve been working around the clock and hope to have most of the power back in by the time people go to bed tonight.
 
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