Western Iowa recreation area still closed after storms

Day After Wells Storm 6/12/13

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says storm damage will delay the reopening of a western Iowa recreation area.

The DNR announced Thursday that the Wilson Island State Recreation Area won’t reopen until mid-summer because of severe storms that hit the northwest Pottawattamie County park Tuesday. The storm included baseball-sized hail, high winds and 4 inches of rain.

Damage included 11 broken windows in the park office, which also had damage to its siding and roof. About 30 cottonwood trees also were uprooted.

The park has been closed since flooding in 2011 caused extensive damage.

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