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Panic Park Haunted House opens again after flood


by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Panic Park by the Black Hawk County Conservation Board is back and ready to make people jump and scream in fear.

From bats to chainsaws to themed rooms, Panic Park is completely rebuilt after the building was damaged in the flood of 2008.

"As you heard one hundred times throughout the community, this building had never taken water, didn't take it in 1993, didn't take it in '99. 2008, four feet deep. Literally ruined everything," said Mike Hendrickson with the Black Hawk Co. Conservation Board.

After the flood, FEMA estimated damage at $12,000. The building had to be cleaned and props rebuilt. Thanks to work from staff and volunteers, the actual rebuilding cost was about $5,000.

"One of the reasons we rebuilt this was because we were getting a great response from the community. They really liked the haunted house. It's a good form of recreation, that's the business we're in and we just wanted to get it back on the map again and provide that recreation and we're very happy we did," said Hendrickson. 

"If you like haunted houses, it's a great experience. There's actors in there that change every night, scenes change. There's a real dynamic that actually kind of feeds and grows off itself. It's almost like a living thing," said "Lucky" the Zombie the Panic Park mascot.

Proceeds from Panic Park benefit Black Hawk County including parks, boat ramps and public hunting areas.

For dates, times and directions to Panic Park, click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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