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Some flooded parks re-open before busy holiday, others not as lucky


Following spring flooding, some Eastern Iowa parks are re-opening just in time for the Fourth of July. Others aren't so lucky. While some park and recreation officials are preparing for the holiday, others just hope their parks will open before summer ends.

There's still standing water in Lower City Park in Iowa City, but parts of the park are finally ready to re-open following heavy rain in May and June.

"We just get everything out that we can so that we can protect it as much as possible," said Terry Robinson, Superintendent of Parks and Forestry. "Then you just wait. Once the waters go down you reverse the process."

The rides in City Park were only open for three days before they had to be stored away during the flooding. They'll re-open to the public at noon on the Fourth of July.

"It's great," said Robinson. "That's why we want to be here. You know, we like to see the people use them. We like to see people have fun and come down and be in the park as much as possible."

However, the train will remain closed for the time being.

George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County opened Monday morning. Park officials say they're getting ready for the busy Fourth of July weekend.

"We want to see things get dried out, see the trails get dried up, and have the park get used by the public," said Gary Dusenberry, Park Ranger.

The park had to close four weekends this summer due to flooding. Now they're back in business and officials say all reserved spots are booked for the holiday.

Other parks aren't so lucky. Miller Riverview Campground in Dubuque has yet to open this year. Fourth of July is one of the camp's busiest weeks of the year. Dubuque officials are working to make sure the city's other campgrounds can handle additional people. They're hopeful Miller Riverview will open later this summer.

The campground at Yellow River State Forest in Allamakee County remains closed following flooding there. Damage at the park is currently being assessed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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