Plans in place to repair Cowley County Fairgrounds

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The City of Winfield says it will have to level this restroom on the Cowley County Fairgrounds.  It shared this photo as part of a series showing the damage to the fairgrounds on the city's Facebook page. The City of Winfield says it will have to level this restroom on the Cowley County Fairgrounds. It shared this photo as part of a series showing the damage to the fairgrounds on the city's Facebook page.
The city says it will have to re-pave much of the paved areas at the fairgrounds. The city says it will have to re-pave much of the paved areas at the fairgrounds.
The City of Winfield says damaged fencing at the Cowley County Fairgrounds will be removed and not replaced for now. The City of Winfield says damaged fencing at the Cowley County Fairgrounds will be removed and not replaced for now.
WINFIELD, Kan. (KAKE) -

Thursday, the City of Winfield announced the planned timeline for repairs to the heavily flood damaged Cowley County Fairgrounds.  The announcement came even as more heavy rains led to flash flood warnings across the county.

The city says flooding this year heavily damaged several of the structures on the fairgrounds, causing everything from electrical damage to insulation and exterior damage.

The city says the most extensive damage was to Barn #4 and a restroom located on the northeast corner of the grounds.  Crews will have to level the restrooms.  Plans are not complete for whether to replace them.  There’s also quite a lot of damage to paved areas around the fairgrounds and on 14th Ave.  

The city plans to begin repaving areas in early July.

To help work move faster, the fairgrounds will remain completely closed through mid-July.  The city has even moved its annual Fourth of July fireworks show to Southwestern College.

The point is that if we keep it closed, we’ll keep it out of the way and our crews can work as fast as they can,” said Taggart Wall, Winfield City Manager.

Crews plan to have all the work finished by July 15th, in time to begin preps for the Cowley County Fair at the end of the month.  That holds true even if they continue to get rains like Thursday’s.

“Every day that we get rain, obviously depending on amount, how much, it has the potential to push us back. But we feel pretty good about our opportunity to put things back together,” said Wall.

He adds the biggest job they face is clearing away all the silt – sand and top soil the floods dropped in the campground areas.

“We have a lot of that, just mess… to clean up,” he said.

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