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Park closures due to flooding mean lost revenue this holiday weekend

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - Park closures this weekend are costing the state of Iowa money.

In Black Hawk County, McFarlane Park in La Porte City, Black Hawk Park in Cedar Falls and George Wyth Memorial State Park in Waterloo are all closed this holiday weekend because of flooding.

The gates at George Wyth Memorial State Park closed around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. There's simply too much water n thin park to stay open.

Mike Hendrickson with the Black Hawk County Conservation Board said closing parks this holiday weekends has a big impact on state tourism and revenue.

"Our budgets are based on those three big holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. We've now lost one of them. So right out of the box, the fiscal year's brand new, just started, and we are behind schedule as far as revenue goes," said Mike Hendrickson.

Park employees are trying to help re-locate campers like the Homards from Des Moines. They try to camp every Fourth of July and are in Black Hawk County this year to visit family in Cedar Falls.

"We looked first at George Wyth because we've camped there before," said Cathy Homard.

The Homards did find this spot at Hickory Hills Park.

"We tried to find a site that was a reasonable distance so that we could still visit, but we can't control the weather. They have to make safe decisions," said Cathy Homard.

The Black Hawk County Conservation Board advises people who still want to camp to call ahead and see if anything's available.

George Wyth Memorial State Park in Waterloo hopes to open back up on Monday, July 7th.
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