ROCKFORD, IA – Camping always seems to be a popular activity over the 4th of July holiday, but for one North Iowa town, that will not be an option this year.
Plans for the upcoming 4th of July holiday are taking a bit of a turn for the town of Rockford. The campground that is normally packed with tents for the holiday is empty.
The George Wyatt Campground is closed and actually hasn’t been open since early April. The ground has been too wet, and now after the most recent flooding, there’s mud and puddles everywhere.
Town officials say it’s disappointing the grounds won’t be open for Independence Day activities and all the visitors normally provide the local businesses with a nice little boost from gas stations to restaurants.
This year, it doesn’t look as if that will happen.
Rockford Mayor, Harry White said, “It’s hard saying, it’s hard saying.You know, its been an odd ball year for us with the bridge out which makes it about a 20 minute trip from the east side to the west side of town, so it’s hurting.”
Mayor White also says on a good year, the town normally does not make enough money from the campground to cover expenses as it is, and now this year, they’re just hoping to get the ground dried up sometime very soon to open for at least part of the summer.