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George Wyth State Park closing Friday because of flooding

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Too much rain has flooded out a state park in the Cedar Valley.

Lori Eberhard with George Wyth State Park said the Cedar River at the park is more than nine feet as of Thursday afternoon.

The flood stage at the campground is 12 feet. Before it's all said and done, Eberhard expects the river to reach more than 15 feet.

Eberhard spent Thursday calling campers and going around asking campers already on site to pack up before floodwaters hit the campground.

The Hart family from Illinois planned to camp at George Wyth through Sunday.

"Little frustrated we have to pick up and move somewhere else," said Whitney Hart.

The Harts hope to find a spot at another nearby park.

"We know weather's up in the air and questionable so we just kinda go with it, and that's part of the fun. We'll see what happens," said Hart.

The Cedar River is inching closer to the campground. Eberhard said this is the first time this season the park has had to close because of flooding.

"We do have areas that have pretty fast-moving water," Eberhard said. "Six inches and your car's gone, and that's why we have to close the park because water's going across the road and we don't want anybody to be in danger."

All the campers at George Wyth need to be out no later than noon Friday. Eberhard says the park will be closed until at least Tuesday.

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