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Rain, floods force Grandview to close two city parks

Posted: 1:09 PM, Oct 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-08 18:09:04Z

GRANDVIEW, Mo. – Rain overnight Sunday into Monday caused flooding that forced the city of Grandview to close two city parks: River Oaks and Tails and Trails Dog Park.

The Little Blue River runs alongside the dog park. It appeared water went over the bank and flooded the park. A city spokesperson said the river crested about 9:30 a.m. Monday and was expected to recede throughout the afternoon.

The spokesperson said the city’s streets and sewers were in good shape. 

The flooding Monday was reminiscent of two floods last year that damaged the same parks. Those floods in July and August of 2017 caused roughly $8,000 in repairs and cleanup. The parks department paid for the repairs using money from a parks levy and insurance claims. 

But the parks superintendent said that Monday’s floods did not look as damaging as those in 2017. He said he would re-evaluate after the water receded. 

The rain didn’t stop everyone from coming to the park, though. Bernard Marshall brought his dogs Max and Moose to the park Monday for their daily routine. He said since the fenced-in dog section was closed, he would walk around the outer trail with his Boxer and pit bull. 

“Well it's really not surprising [to see the flooded area] because [the park] holds a lot of water a lot of time. We just go around the other way to get through,” Marshall said. 

The dog park is supposed to hold a big event Saturday called Howl-a-Ween. The city is optimistic things will clear out in time for the event to be held as scheduled.