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Flooding closes popular Dubuque campground over Labor Day weekend

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One of Dubuque's more popular campgrounds will sit empty over one of the busiest weekends of the year: Labor Day weekend.

That's thanks to flooding that has left many of the electric sites still underwater.

The Mississippi river reached 16 feet last week, meaning more than two feet of water spilled into the park.  It's slowly been draining, but Steve Fehsal, park division manager for Dubuque, said it hasn't done enough for them to open back up for the holiday weekend.

"We wouldn't have been able to open all the sites, first of all. We have 100 electric sites. We anticipated being able to open between 20 and 30 of those. However, your camper may have been backed up to a puddle of water. If you stepped out of your camper, you might've stepped in mud," he said.

Water isn't the only thing keeping the campground closed. A considerable amount of debris carried down river now litters the park.

Fehsal and his staff decided it was just a better idea to give the park one more week before trying to open it back up.

"So we felt it would be better to let the park dry out, so we could get in after the holiday, do the debris cleanup, clean the roads, get the sites cleaned up, and get everything ready for dragon boats, which is next weekend's event, so we're hoping to be open for that," he said.

Fehsal says they'll lose somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000 in revenue over the holiday weekend, but adds that overall the summer has been very good.

They only opened a week late this year, and haven't had weather issues like they've had to contend with in the past few years.

He hopes to have the park back open by next Friday, and for camping to continue well into October.

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