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Sioux City explains hold up on riverfront trail restoration behind Bev's

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A year-and-a-half after the flood, Sioux City officials say they've made progress along the riverfront.  However, there are still a couple of outstanding projects that need to be completed.

One is the trail behind Bev's on the River and the Hilton Garden Inn.

After spending millions of dollars in the flood, a Sioux City riverfront business may have to shell out more.  This trail behind Bev's on the River and the Hilton Garden Inn has been closed since May of 2011.  It's a pricey problem.

"We estimated it at $80,000," said Public Works Director Jade Dundas.

Sioux City applied for FEMA funds to cover the cost, but was rejected. 

"FEMA won't cover that as a city project based on the private ownership," said Dundas.

Dundas says FEMA blames the million dollar berm the property owners had built to protect their hotel and restaurant for the damage done to the trail.

"It's hard to determine if it's ruined by a tractor that built a berm on it or if it was ruined by ten feet of water standing on it for two months," said Mlr Tym COO Jesse Miller.

A contract with between the city and the state shows it's the city's responsibility.

"It says that the city is going to maintain that sidewalk for 25-years," explained Miller.

The city's trying to come up with the cash.  Right now, the money's not in the budget.  They're waiting to see if FEMA will let them divert money from another flood-related project to this one.  The trail reconstruction is part of a long-term million dollar project of the city to elevate the berm that levee along the riverfront.

If they can find the funds, the city will move up the trail portion of the project.

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