Flooding Affects State Park Areas

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LINCOLN, Neb. – There should be 200 campsites available at Louisville State Recreation Area (SRA) this weekend despite recent flooding of the Platte River.

The park is open, but at least one-third of the park’s campsites will be unusable until a week from this coming weekend. A storm late last week caused rivers and streams to rise over many parts of Nebraska.

The east end of the park was under 18 inches of water Monday, according to Louisville SRA Superintendent Pat Bogenreif. Some sites were under 4 feet of water.

Bogenreif said the river had crested at 1½ feet over flood stage at the park but was receding Monday.

Rising water also affected these parks:

Two Rivers SRA – The park is open, but Riverside and Cottonwood campgrounds are closed. The Riverside campground was evacuated Friday night, according to Two Rivers SRA Superintendent Michael Carrick. He said 90 campsites are unavailable through this weekend and those campgrounds will be re-evaluated next week.

Riverview Marina SRA – The park near Nebraska City was closed after the Missouri River got to 2-3 feet above flood stage. The park is expected to be open this weekend after the roads are cleared.

Indian Cave State Park – The park is open, but the Living History area, including the restored schoolhouse, is closed due to water over the road.

Brownville SRA – The park is closed indefinitely as most of the roads are under water.

Pelican Point SRA – The park on the Missouri River near Tekamah is open. The boat dock was knocked out, but it should be repaired and put back in place by the weekend.

Dead Timber SRA – The park is open. The electrical hook-up campsites are open, but the tent camping area temporarily is closed.