Crews Begin Cleanup On Post-Flood Parks

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While the sun may be opening up, a few of parks in Sioux Falls are a different story. Some are closed off after serious damage from flooding.

For those looking for some weekend fun at Yankton Trail Park, you may want to search elsewhere, as it’s going to be some time before it’s safe to enjoy.

Not all the water has been washed away from the park quite yet.

“The big flood threat seems to be gone at this point. There are still flooded parks so we definitely want to keep people safe and out of those floodwaters,” Park Operations Manager Kelby Mieras said.

Crews have already begun clearing debris and pulling sand from the grass. But the grass and terrain is so rough, there’s only so much they can get done right now.

“It’s going to take us a while. Some of the fields are in better shape than others as far as the sediment deposit,” Mieras said.

Mieras advises steering clear of the bike trails, as good portions remain underwater or covered in debris.

“The big ice chunks have melted significantly; there are still some out there, and, again, there’s a lot of the bike trail from Western Avenue all the way down through the river greenway downtown that are still underwater,” Mieras said.

Other hazards from broken metal signs, flipped over park benches, to giant puddles and busted power lines make the parks unsafe for family fun.

“For park patron safety, we just ask that you just keep your recreational activities to the parks that are open,” Mieras said.

To find a list of open parks you can click right here.

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