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Gas prices, flooding impacting Memorial Day travel

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Gas prices are falling,  but are still pretty close to $4 a gallon, making it pretty painful at the pump and limiting holiday travel plans. Gas prices are falling, but are still pretty close to $4 a gallon, making it pretty painful at the pump and limiting holiday travel plans.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

AAA predicts fewer of you will be traveling this upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

The organization expects 35 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more -- down 1 percent from last year.

Gas prices are falling,  but are still pretty close to $4 a gallon, making it pretty painful at the pump and limiting holiday travel plans.

Jason Mostek and his family from Chicago are taking their brand-new RV on its maiden voyage for the long weekend.

"Going up to see my mother in Mitchell, Iowa," said Mostek. "My grandma lives there also and so does my brother."

With the current gas prices, Mostek said filling up his 80-gallon tank costs nearly $300.

So they're staying in the Midwest for Memorial Day, to save up money for an Alaska trip with the RV later this year.

"You just live with it, you know?" Mostek said.

Josh Black from Oelwein is also sticking close to home.

"Headed to the Iowa Golf Association Four-Ball Championship in Sioux Center, Iowa," said Black.

Black says the pain at the pump is definitely affecting his budget in more than one way.

"It's getting a little expensive," he said. "It'd be nice if it'd go down. Not really sure why it's gone up 33 cents in a week.

"My family and I own golf courses, so we use gas every day," Black added. "It makes it kind of hard to take care of your business when you're paying those kinds of gas prices."

But pump prices aren't the only thing putting a damper on weekend plans. There are still high water levels at many popular destinations, limiting the ability to fish and boat this holiday weekend.

"We usually go fishing, but there's going to be no fishing on the Cedar River this time of year," Mostek said. "It's just too flooded."

George Wyth State Park in Waterloo will also be closed most of the weekend, preventing people from enjoying fishing, boating and using the beach.

Miller-Riverview Campgrounds in Dubuque will be shut down, too.

Travelers are now just holding out hope that the weather forecast improves to brighten up the holiday weekend.

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