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Flooding Leaves Iowa City Park A Sandy Mess, Again

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Lower City Park in Iowa City is once again a sandy mess after floodwaters receded over the weekend. In each of the last four floods, spanning from 1993 to 2014, the park has been left a sandy mess after the water drops.

“We have to do this again,” said Mike Moran, city director of parks and recreation. “We’re getting better at it, so I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news.”

City crews have already started cleaning up the sand, but some of it is so deep and compact within the park it could takes weeks to remove.

“Right now we’re focusing on the parking lots and walkways,” Moran said.

City officials plan to move the sand to the boat ramp area of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, where small boats, kayaks and canoes are often launched.

Moran said cleaning-up the park, which also will include reseeding, removing tree debris and dead fish, could cost up to $100,000. City officials hope FEMA dollars will cover much of the cost.

Last year, city leaders speculated about leaving the sand and making a portion of the park into a beach, however, that idea was recently nixed due to safety concerns, among other issues.

Moran said he hopes the park can reopen by August 1, although it likely wont be completely back to normal for months.

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