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Eureka celebrates new beginning after devastating flood

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EUREKA, MO (KTVI) - The City of Eureka celebrated a new beginning Saturday.

Two and a half months ago, record flood waters devastated the heart of their town, Old Town.

Businesses were forced to shut down and no one was in the mood to ring in the New Year.

Saturday evening, Eureka hosted New Year’s Eve 2.0.

Central Avenue was blocked off for a huge block party, parade and live concert featuring two local bands.

Many of the businesses are back open after extensive renovations including new electrical and new plumbing.

The celebration is to thank businesses for rebuilding and staying in town and also to thank the countless volunteers who helped to get the town back on its feet.

"I just wanted to thank everybody. I know there's tons of people that are out there watching this that came out after the flood and during the flood and continue to help our folks rebuild and we really appreciate it full heartedly and hope you come out to have a good time tonight and celebrate, but we appreciate everyone's support,” said Pat Feder, President of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

FOX2 Morning Anchor, Margie Ellisor helped to kick off the event with a ribbon cutting.

City fire officials are on hand to monitor the planned fireworks display, which may not happen if the strong wind gusts in the area keep up.

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