DES MOINES – High water could close portions of Wapsipinicon State Park and affect access while clean-up of past flooding damage will close Wilson Island State Park starting July 1st.
If the forecast is accurate, the Wapsipinicon River is expected to reach a flood stage of 27 feet, one foot higher than the 2008 floods, by Friday. Currently, the Wapsipinicon River is at 17 feet.
Should the Wapsipinicon River reach that depth, the Rotary lodge, playground shelter and the Dutch Creek Shelter at Wapsipinicon State Park in Jones County will be inaccessible due to roads flooding. Depending on if, and how badly these areas are damaged, these areas may be closed during the week of Fourth of July. The Boy Scout Lodge, campground and golf course are not expected to be affected.
The county has closed E-24 until further notice. As a result, Wapsipinicon State Park is only accessible from the south.
Wilson Island, in Pottawattamie County, will also be closed for rebuilding starting July 1st. In addition to extensive cleanup from previous floods, culverts will be added to several roads to improve water drainage. Construction is expected to last until May, 2014.
Other parks affected by flooding include George Wyth State Park, which is expected to reopen July 1st if conditions allow, and the Yellow River Forest campground, which has extensive flood damage. The damage is being assessed by the DNR. There is not yet an expected date for reopening.