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New downtown park floods in Chippewa Falls

posted May 18, 2017 11:11 p.m. | updated May 18, 2017 11:11 p.m. (CDT)
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CHIPPEWA FALLS — The new Chippewa Riverfront park downtown was substantially underwater Thursday, but city planner Jayson Smith said there is no reason for concern.

“A lot of it is underwater. It happens two to three times a year,” Smith said. “It was designed to withstand this kind of flooding. It’s what we were prepared for.”

The park was built in a floodplain, he said. Over the past decade, the city has purchased buildings on the north bank of the Chippewa River to create the park; those businesses could not do major renovations because of floodplain regulations.