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Park Dries Out from Missouri River Flooding

October 3, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

As residents’ clean up from the summer floods, towns and cities up and down the Mighty MO are cleaning up as well.

In South Sioux City, Nebraska crews have started to repair Scenic Park, KTIV-TV, Sioux City, Iowa, reported.

Flood waters had inundated around 80% of the 133-acre park.

That includes the baseball and soccer fields, campgrounds and running trails.

Now that the waters have receded, all that is left behind is a muddy, sandy mess.

But while many will be able to swing a bat on the baseball fields next year, the soccer fields will take a little longer not opening until spring of 2013.

“You know there’s a lot of people that come to South Sioux for the campground and all the amenities that we have in this park, soccer fields, ball fields, all of that. So it’s extremely important to us and we’ll certainly do it as quickly as we can,” said Gene Maffit South Sioux City, Neb. park director.

The trees surrounding the fields and campgrounds will take several years to bring the park back to its original glory.

“We’re expecting to loose somewhere around 600, 700 trees all total. The effects of flooding on trees is kind of unique because they can live up to two years after they have been inundated with flood waters like they were,” said Maffit.

Plans are also in the works to have volunteers come down and plant some trees either late this season or next spring.

Early estimates to repair the fields and plant trees are around $2 million with 75% of that coming from FEMA dollars.

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