Cleanup Continues After Water Main Break

Things are starting to get back to normal in one Council Bluffs neighborhood after a massive water main break last week, but for one man that’s not the case.

Hours after the water main break in Council Bluffs last Wednesday Dave Peters arrived home from work to find his basement had flooded due to the water main break. Now almost a week later he gave us another tour of the damage. The wet carpet has been ripped up, some furniture thrown away.

The flood of water hit just after he finished his basement. He was using the basement a a place for his daughters to sleep and play. Now they are forced back upstairs and he’s left with a big pricey mess.

“It costs around $5,600 just for the bid on the floors. I’m waiting for the bid on the drywall. I’m guessing about $2,800 right there. Not to mention all the furniture down there that is ruined, dressers and vanities,” says Peters.

Peters did have insurance and is waiting on the bids to come through before he sends the information to them. When ripping up the carpet he found cracks in the floor, which he says he didn’t have before. He’s worried the insurance won’t cover that.

Peters also plans to file a claim with the city and hopes anything his insurance doesn’t cover, the city will.

Doug Drummey of Council Bluffs Water Works says at this point he hasn’t received any claims from residents affected by the water main break. He says a temporary fix for the pipe is now in place, but when the weather gets warmer they will work on a permanent fix.


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