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Kimmell Park closed again to high water; University not worried about flood damage

Kimmell Park is now partially closed to the public. Vincennes University has closed it off for public safety but they are not surprised about the flood nor worried about any damages. Andrew Young with the University says it’s just the way they fixed up the park.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 6:49 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- Dozens of curious onlookers like Janet Antley came out to see the height of the Wabash River Wednesday. They also came to see one of their favorite parks which are once again under water.

"It's a place where families can come. You can bring your grandkids or you can come sit and watch it like we do," said Antley

Kimmell Park is now partially closed to the public. Vincennes University has closed it off for public safety but they are not surprised about the flood nor worried about any damages. Andrew Young with the University says it’s just the way they fixed up the park.

"We knew that (flooding) would happen. A big portion of the money we put into the park was to raise a portion of it so it can be used more often, even in the springtime when we get these floods,” said Young.

This new raised area has allowed these curious onlookers a better look at the river. The university had multiple surveys done to get the best layout with the least amount of flood damage.

This includes the new trees they have planted which can survive in this environment. They have also relocated certain utilities to prevent extensive damage.

"We hope to be an amenity for our community for a long time and we'll do what it takes to handle any issues that come up with the flooding," said Young.

After the last flood, it only took the university two days to clean up the loose debris and set things back to normal. It's these little details to preserve a local park that the community is happy to see.

"It’s a big investment, it’s beautiful, it’s nice. I'd hate to see it destroyed every spring when the waters come up. So I’m glad they did take preventative measures," said Antley,

Now Vincennes University still hopes to add onto this park. Some of those plans include a playground as well as Wi-Fi for park visitors. They hope to start on some of these projects later this year.

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