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Cleaning Up After the Storms

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX 28)- Corridor residents are cleaning up the mess after two rounds of storms hit the city Sunday and Monday.

Those storms knocked out power, split roads and dropped lots of water.

But Monday, the city is recovering and gearing up for the holiday weekend.

"We're really thankful we waited until today to shop," Rhiannon Kalmbach said.

The Kalmbach's went grocery shopping at Hy-Vee to grab food for a family reunion.

"We're thankful for Hy-Vee," Rhiannon said.

But after the city-wide power outage Monday, they're grateful to find everything they needed.

"It was a good thing we didn't shop yesterday because our electricity was out for quite awhile," Janice Kalmbach said.

Hy-Vee said they removed all perishable items off their shelves Monday night.

Tuesday, new items were back on the shelves.

Colin Bruyere said he is thankful for Hy-Vee and what they did to restock the shelves fast so he could replenish his fridge after losing his power.

"With the power going out last night whatever milk and dairy products we had last night went bad," Bruyere said.

Hy-Vee employees weren't the only ones busy cleaning up from the storms.

Linda Edwards was out in her neighborhood cleaning up the mess Mother Nature left behind.

"We're doing a massive cleanup," Edwards said. "In the front yard we had a alot of asphalt."

Edwards said the city is cleaning up the debris throughout her neighborhood faster than she imagined.

But for now, Edwards and her two helpers were picking up debris in her yard.

"They're great helpers," she said.

Over at Newbo, about 60 volunteers stepped up to the plate and built sandbags to put around the Newbo area.

They are getting ready for potential flooding as the Cedar River is forecasted to crest Thursday.

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