Clean Up Continues on Trails Damaged by Flash Flooding

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter


By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Despite the warmer weather this week, flash flooding last month is keeping people off several trails in the Cedar Rapids area.

Boyson trail just reopened Tuesday after being closed for two weeks due to flood damage. Boyson Trail was the most hard hit in the Marion area and was closed from Boyson Park to Highway 100.

Overflow from Indian Creek also caused extensive damage to the Sac and Fox trail in Cedar Rapids. It Eroded a portion of the bank, and washing heavy rock, sand, and debris up onto the trail, it remains closed this morning. However, the "trail closed" signs haven't kept people out, especially with the nice weather the past couple of days, but officials say it's important to obey the signs.

"We close the trail down if there's major safety hazards. We want to keep the public safe. Trails are a high priority to the city, when we have an event like this that creates hazardous conditions we need to be able to get in there and remedy this," said Daniel Gibbins, Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation.

It's unclear exactly when the Sac and Fox trail will reopen, officials with Cedar Rapids Park and Rec are asking for patience as they clean things up. Until then there are plenty of other trails that are open and safe to use such as the Boyson trail in Marion.

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