Parts of Little Sioux Park are closed due to flooding

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It’s a new job for workers at Little Sioux Park… Removing picnic tables before rising water rots the wood. 

“The water table is so high that it’s completely covered up the sand on our beach, and it’s even going across the road and flooding our primitive camping area. It’s very unusual, like I said, I’ve been here for 40 years…I’ve never seen this type of situation” says Bernie Ketelsen, District Resource Manager, Woodbury Co. Conservation.

Since April 1st Sioux City has gotten just over 9 inches of rain. The normal would be just over 5.5. Ketelsen says the ground is just so saturated, the water has no where to go and more rain in the forecast isn’t helping.
 
There is a tube at the end of the lake that is trying to drain some of this water, but unless it stops raining, it’s not going to help much.
 
“It’s just going to take drying weather, that’s the only thing we can do to help it….like last week when we didn’t have rain basically all week, the lake had a tendency to start dropping it’s level” says Bernie Ketelsen, District Resource Manager, Woodbury Co. Conservation.
 
Woodbury County Conservation is considering putting another control structure in the lake.
 
Long time frequent campers say they’ve never seen so much standing water in the park.
 
“In the summer time we always go to the beach and swim there…right now it looks like there’s no beach” says Chaeli Berg, Camper.
 
Ketelsen says don’t worry… There are still plenty of places to camp during the holiday weekend and all other park facilities are functioning as normal.
 
“We have three other camp sites and they’re all very useable…Just the beach is closed, the beach house, and the primitive camping. Otherwise, we’re good to go! We welcome campers to come on out and have a nice Memorial Day Weekend” says Bernie Ketelsen, District Resource Manager, Woodbury Co. Conservation.
 

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