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Video: Water receding, thousands of dollars in damage at Chesaning park

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Water has started to recede in the Saginaw County community of Chesaning, but it’s left behind some damage and large ice chunks.

While the water has gone down at Cole Park, TV5 has been told by officials that damage to the playscape, picnic area, and fences will run in the tens-of-thousands of dollars.

Joe Trzil, head for the department of public works, said the frozen boulders did a lot of damage.

"Broken fences, walkways that are undermined in the playscape area. Picnic tables damaged, things like that. Trees pushed over," Trzil said.It could be some time before the park is fully usable again.

There was also concern about the walking bridge in Chesaning, but it is still standing, although TV5 crews did spot officials out assessing it.

Trzil is hoping to have everything back to normal sometime this spring.

"It's going to be a while before it's actually functionable. Obviously, gawkers can drive through and check out the ice flow and everything, but yeah, it's going to be a while before it's usable," Trzil said.

The river is still very high in the area.

See James Felton's Facebook Live from Cole Park by clicking here. 

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