Campgrounds Flooding

OSAGE, IA - You can say it’s horrible timing for folks in Mitchell County looking to spend memorial day weekend on the camp grounds.

Many are closing as a result of the recent flooding in Mitchell County.

Rising water levels have made it difficult for those trying to make it on the properties.

That along with unstable soil has officials warning guests to stay off the properties until things get back to normal.

“We can’t let them in just because the ground is so saturated. Until we have an opportunity for the ground to form up, before we can get in there and clean up. So we have everything from well testing to do, water testing, then just general clean up,” said Ken Gerk, Park Foreman for Mitchell County Conservation.

While he understands the frustrations people may have over the damage, Gerk says it’s all a waiting game at this point.

“They know you’re doing your best and with resources it takes a lot of work to get them back open and functioning. You just do one at a time and we’ll start at the driest one and work our way around. We’ll get through it, we’ve got through all the other ones,” said Gerk.

Currently most campgrounds in Mitchell County are blocked off and will stay that way for at least the next month.

We’ll have more details on park closings in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota later this week.

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