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Flood waters don't dampen Sturgis Falls spirits

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The Cedar River in Cedar Falls may be receding, but it's complicating preparations for this year's Sturgis Falls celebration.

"It hurts you when you see all the work that you put into this," said Jay Stoddard, Sturgis Falls event president.

Monday, Stoddard wasn't sugar coating it, saying Gateway Park is an eyesore, but the flood waters don't scare him.

"Roll up your sleeves and say what the heck can we do to fix this and that's exactly what we're doing," said Stoddard.

The Cedar River crested over the weekend at 6 1/2 feet above flood stage, the sixth highest crest ever recorded.

Stoddard says last year the river flooded but nothing like this, just water in the ditches.

He says even though they put the tents up a couple weeks ago, he's glad they did.

"Frankly if I hadn't done that there's no way that we could have moved all that stuff in there without tearing up the park up completely and we probably would have forgone putting the tents up at all," said Stoddard.

Stoddard says on Wednesday they plan on putting down landscaping cloth and wood chips.

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