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Folks Enjoy The Outdoors as Flood Clean-Up Continues

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Now that flood waters have receded from roads and parks in Cedar Rapids, the clean-up process is ramping up.

Not too long ago, many parks near the Cedar River were closed to the public because all the rain caused the river to flood those parks.

Just today, Manhattan Park was officially open and many took the time to do some fishing.

With the sunny weather outside Derek Loffer and his friends say it's a great day to catch some bait.

"It’s off and on like this like a light switch. One day it's flooded, and one day you come down here and you can walk clear up to the water,” he said and others agree.

"I always drive past Ellis to go to work and I always see that it's all flooded. It's pretty depressing,” said his friend Alicia Misenar who also came out to fish.

That's the story at Manhattan Park which usually sees significant flooding during heavy rains.

After nearly a month of being closed, the river level is down enough for the city to finally re-open it.

“It's almost surreal that you won't even be able to tell that it's really flooded without the smell,” he said.

Re-opening parks really depends on the river level and with it now under nine feet, the city says the park as served part of its purpose.

"We get a use of the flood plain from the point of view of a park land and at the same time it gives us that extra space to come off and not cause any damage to any property,” said public works maintenance manager, Craig Hanson.

For Loffer it's great timing.

"I really like that's open, it's a nice place to go because I've gone here for years. It’s a pretty cool place,” he said.

More outdoor sites are being re-opened as flood damage is fixed.
Jones golf course opens tomorrow and Robbins Park will open sometime next week.
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