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IOWA  —  Work to repair a flood-damaged grocery store could take the rest of the summer.

Several feet of water poured into the Hy-Vee on MLK Parkway. After reviewing the damage, Hy-Vee opted to begin renovation work that was supposed to happen later this year. Hy-Vee has yet to say when the renovation will be complete.

However, until it does, Hy-Vee is offering free DART bus services to its East Euclid store. Starting on Monday, buses will go back and forth between the two stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The bus will run on a 40-minute loop, and passengers can catch the bus in the stores’ parking lots.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Following recent flooding in the metro, thousands of flies and a putrid smell fill one Beaverdale neighborhood.

Remnants of the flood remain on Maquoketa Drive.

“The whole neighborhood just stunk,” Jon McAlister said.

Unlike others, McAlister was able to save something special.

“We got a claw hammer, we’re trying to chop through, basically panicking, trying to get the cat out. The water keeps rising and rising,” McAlister said.

Nearly a week ago, the neighborhood was unrecognizable. The flood opened a sink hole, downed a large tree, damaged homes, and totaled cars.

“We had so much trash out here, just piles and piles of trash the city came and picked up. We were under limited entry because the water heater, the gas pipes, the furnace, all of that had gone out,” resident Lillian Nelson said.

McAlister blames the flood on poor storm drains.

“How do we bounce back from things like this, how to be ready for this, how do we improve our storm water drainage system,” said McAlister.

McAlister’s neighbors took that question to a meeting with city and state officials on Thursday, demanding action. The city says streets with sewer drains that are 100 years old or more will be the top priority.