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Flooded SC playground reopens

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

One of the last parts of the Sioux City riverfront to be fixed from last summer's flood is the playground, and one local group is making sure kids still have a place to play.

"It was one of the parks we used to go to often," Isabella Rush said.

Isabella Rush has fond memories of visiting Chris Larsen park with her family.

"We used to play around and jump on the rope, and you know eat sandwiches," Rush said

"During the flood, the entire playground was underwater, as a result, the strong water currents, and driftwood from the Missouri River damaged the old equipment.

The playground has been out of commission since. Isabella's brother recalls what he missed most.

"After that, the floods happened, and we couldn't ride our bikes through the tunnels," Liam Rush said.

The siblings are back... not to play, but to fix what the flood ruined. Fifty volunteers joined them in cleaning up this riverfront fixture. There's still quite a bit of sand left from the flood.

"Down by the pavilion, as I understand was even worse, but now, that we're able to be bringing it back, and actually improving the area...it's better than it was," Custer said.

The Sioux City Rotary Club organized the clean-up project and spent a year asking members to donate. They raised $20,000. Now, most of the work to restore the playground area is finished. And, for the Rushes that means...

"We can play," Rush said.

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