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Flood damage to Cypress Gardens estimated between $3M and $10M

At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC) At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC)
At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC) At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC)
At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC) At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC)
At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC) At Cypress Gardens. (Source: WCSC)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

County officials say flood damage to Cypress Gardens is estimated to be between $3 million and $10 million.

Officials say most of the damage was done by high water. That was the case in the gift shop and offices.

"We paddled in Sunday because we had to feed the animals. When we got in here we were in complete utter shock," Cypress Gardens manager Heather Graham said. "We were not expecting any of this flooding."

All of the animals inside the aquarium survived but some had to be moved.

The tourist attraction's boat landing, which was used as a location in the movie The Notebook, is now sloping.

Now, with the gardens closed indefinitely, officials say tourism will take a hit.

"It was making money. It seems like every time we start getting ahead, something happens," Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said.

Peagler was referring to an incident last year, when a train derailed and damaged a bridge on Cypress Gardens Road.

Anyone wanting to go the gardens had to take a 22 mile detour for several months.

Now, no one can go there.

Peagler is hoping money from FEMA, insurance money and private donations will help pay for repairs.

"We don't want to use the public's money for this, but we may have to," Peagler said.

Graham says about 15 weddings and events had to be canceled and that refunds are being issued.

Officials say they are hoping to reopen Cypress Gardens by next spring.

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