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George Wyth Beach still closed

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- George Wyth State Park is still feeling the wrath from the floods of 2008.

"We are still finding things in the park back in the woods from the floods of 08." said Gary Dusenberry, park ranger.

The beach, two years later is still needing some work.

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"We were certainly hoping it would be open last year, it looks like we will start construction end of June, first of July but probably won't finish until the end of the summer."

The plan for the beach is to raise the dike one and a half feet to help prevent flooding in the future.

They also plan to put in some new buildings to replace the flooded ones.

 "We are going to be getting a brand new modern restroom facility that will be set right behind us here and then the restrooms right now are going to be turned into an open shelter."

Although the plans are in place for the beach to get a face lift, Duesenberry still finds it frustrating that it has taken two year to get done.

"It is frustrating for the fact that when it comes to budgets and planning it takes longer time to plan and I can understand that with state government there is a lot of hoops to jump through as far as construction crews and planning. It is frustrating, but yet we are glad to see the progress."

Just about every other area of the park has reopened since the floods.

As we said, the beach is scheduled to open next spring, until then families can enjoy camping at the campgrounds, hiking the trails and boating on the lake.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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