- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Officials are encouraging Cedar Rapids business owners and operators to get rid of the sandbags in front of their buildings but don’t plan to issue fines.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG (https://bit.ly/2dFd4e4 ) reports that the city wants the sandbags removed by the end of the week. However, officials say earlier warnings that business owners could be fined weren’t correct.

The Cedar River crested Sept. 27 at its second-highest level in history. City officials said a 9.8-mile system of barriers and earthen berms protected homes and businesses. Most of the downtown was evacuated ahead of the cresting.

Owner Roger Hadley of The Warehouse on Third says he’ll remove sandbags at his business. He says volunteers “were gracious enough to put the bags in, so I have no problem removing them.”

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com


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