What Happens to All Those Sandbags?

Sep 30, 2016

The Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is expected to go below major flood stage sometime today. Perhaps you volunteered your time in one of the flood-stricken communities this past week filling bags with sand? Hundreds of volunteers moved somewhere between 9 and 20 million pounds of sand – all bagged, schlepped and stacked to form barriers to protect property from the flood waters this past week.

But what happens to all that sand when the flood waters recede?

During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Erin Jordan of the Cedar Rapids Gazette about what happens to all the sand. We also get an update from upstream in Cedar Falls from City Administrator Ron Gaines and check in with Iowa Public Radio's Dean Borg.