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IA parks damaged along the Missouri and Nishnabotna Rivers

Posted: 4:58 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 21:58:35Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board (PCCB) says Narrows River Park in Council Bluffs and the Botna Bend Park near the Nishnabotna River sustained damages and will remain closed for cleanup and repairs.

In the Botna Park area, a herd of Bison and Elk were relocated to avoid flood waters. Two bison have been reported dead and two elk are unaccounted for.

The PCCB says hay for the animals washed away so they are taking donations to feed the herds.

PCCB says there are a number of ways that you can help:

At Narrows River Park: Volunteers may be needed to assist with cleanup efforts once the risk of flooding subsides and damages can be assessed. Once damages are evaluated we may be in need of volunteer help with cleanup and repairs. Watch the Narrows River Park Facebook page and the PCCB website for details & volunteer information.

At Botna Bend Park: During the flooding, much of the animals’ stored hay was washed away or damaged by floodwaters; as a result hay for feeding is desperately needed. If you have an interest in donating or selling hay, or donating funds to purchase hay, please contact Botna Bend Park Ranger Jon Fenner (402-504-0471) or message the park directly through Facebook. Additionally, volunteers may be needed to assist with cleanup efforts once damage and safety is assessed. Watch the Botna Bend Park Facebook page and the PCCB website for details & volunteer information.