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Fixes coming soon to Elkader's flood damaged Riverwalk

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One of the only remaining visual clues to the floods that hit Elkader in August and September will soon be fixed, the city administrator says.

While there is no definitive time line in place, Jennifer Cowsert, Elkader's city administrator, says fixes to the popular Riverwalk should be completed by the end of the year.

"It's a recreational entity, but we do place priority on it, cause so many people use it and love it," she said.

The delay has come because the city is waiting to see if they'll have FEMA funding available for the fixes.

"We still have to get official FEMA approval. They have reviewed our projects and told us what would be eligible, and said, we know you want to get this fixed before fall, but we still have to do the paperwork for FEMA," she said.

That's an important piece to the puzzle, she said, because the portion of Riverwalk near the whitewater park will cost about $50,000 to fix.  Another portion downstream in need of repair will have similar costs.

Many who use it each day, like Kim Frentress, are just eager to get it back.

"I just want it back. I love this town, and I just don't like floods no more," she said.

Overall, Cowsert says the city sustained nearly a quarter of a million dollars in damage from the two floods.

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