CEDAR RAPIDS — Free, curbside collection of sandbags is set to begin Monday in Cedar Rapids. City officials expect the collection process to take about three weeks, but they are only planning one pass through each neighborhood.
Residents are asked to have their sandbags in place for collection by 7 a.m. Monday. Sandbags should be placed in one of three locations:
l If space allows, sandbags can be placed in a driveway keeping one lane clear.
l If the property is located on a low-traffic street, sandbags can be placed in the street leaving 6 inches of space between the curb and the sandbags to allow stormwater to reach drains.
l Sandbags can be placed in the public right of way next to the street.
City officials said sandbags should not be placed in alleys.
Additionally, residents are asked to avoid parking vehicles near sandbags in need of collection. Sandbags blocked by parked vehicles are not accessible to removal equipment and are likely to not be collected. If sandbags are not accessible for collection because they are not placed on curbs at time of collection, or are blocked by parked vehicles, removal becomes the responsibility of the resident.
Sandbags can be dropped off in the parking lot at the Noelridge Aquatic Center, 1248 42nd St. NE, or near the tennis courts at Ellis Park, 2200 Ellis Boulevard NW. The Noelridge drop-off location is to remain open through Monday. The Ellis Park location is to remain open through Friday.
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