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Cedar Rapids Water Ski Team, Businesses Come Back After Flood Fears

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - Thursday marked five days since the Cedar River crested in Cedar Rapids at 18.23 feet. After spending the prior week sandbagging and preparing for potential flooding, business was getting back to normal in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Vendors at Newbo City Market had cleared out their merchandise in about six hours the Wednesday before. The market is only open three days a week on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Thus, vendors lost a full work week while they waited to see what the Cedar River would do. That meant most businesses lost a quarter of their income for June. Yet, folks at Newbo said they were glad things were not any worse.

"Times like this really show us where we’re strong. You know, we pulled together, we made so much happen within a matter of a week," Jessica Kruse a farm ambassador with Morgan Creek Fresh Produce said.

Newbo City Market venders were not the only group that had to take a break as the Cedar River rose. The Five Seasons Ski Team also took a week off while much of Ellis Park where they practice and perform was shut down.

"They’re very restless. We’ve been dry landing, doing pyramids in the park on dry land. They can only do that so many times before they lose interest ," Don Clow a boat driver with the Five Seasons Ski Team said.

The team returned to the water with a scaled back show Thursday night. The high water and the fast moving Cedar River made conditions more dangerous for skiers. The team said even with the changes, they’re glad to be back on the water. They usually make a few hundred dollars each show on concessions and donations. Team members said it’s tough to lose the income and practice time as they’re training for a tournament taking place in four weeks. The Five Seasons Ski Team hosts a show at Ellis Park every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

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