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Moving Forward After Bettendorf Water Main Break

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Families in one Bettendorf neighborhood are trying to get life back to normal after Thursday's water main break that caused sewage to back up into nearly 30 basements.

After an entire weekend of cleanup, homeowners say they're tired, but upbeat - following what they're calling a lot of good leadership from the City of Bettendorf and American Water.

The two groups have come together, trying to make people as comfortable as possible.

Right after the water main break, hotel vouchers were given out to many who had as much as five feet of sewage in their basements.

But, residents say, now comes the most difficult part - the time between reacting to a disaster and before rebuilding can really begin.

"You can only do so much. Pick up what you can pick up and get out," said one homeowner, Gerald McKenrick.

He says he got off easy compared to his neighbors.

Some of them suffered several thousand dollars worth of uninsured damage.

Students at Grant Wood Elementary School will be returning to class on Tuesday, following a day off Monday for President's Day.

The school had to be evacuated on Thursday following the water main break.

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