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Haunted house closed for season because of flooding

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The full reach of the 2016 flood still being assessed.

 After days underwater, the Panic Park haunted house in Cedar Falls will not be open for the season.  The more than 80-year-old building stands strong, not a stranger to the flood waters.

"Right now it is the superficial stuff. It is the mud and the slime and all that kind of stuff," said Mike Hendrickson, Black Hawk County Conservation Board.

"And maybe I am just forgetting what it looked like in '08. This just looks worse than 2008," Hendrickson continued.

"Obviously the floors are the big disaster and that is the easiest thing to see," said Hendrickson referring to a large layer of mud covering every inch of the building's floor.

It is that muck left behind that is keeping the 15-year tradition from spooks and screams this Halloween.

"You can see a definite water line about 30 inches high, maybe a little less," said Hendrickson.

"We were set to open this Friday. Off and on for four months to build it and about four hours to get it out," continued Hendrickson. "We really had some new ideas, really had some fun things going on. Our disappointment is simply in the fact that we wanted to show it off and we didn't get a chance to do that."

The structural damage and the health concerns still need to be assessed before the Black Hawk County Conversation Board will decide if the Panic Park will return next season.

 Nearly 4,000 people go through the house each year.

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