Flood Closes Omaha RV Park for Rest of Season

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August 16, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

The city of Omaha stands to lose about $20,000 in revenues after deciding Friday (Aug. 13) to close the N.P. Dodge campground and playground for the rest of the summer, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

The park has been flooded since June 20, said Brook Bench, the city of Omaha's park maintenance manager. The park typically closes Oct. 15.

At this juncture of the season, it's the worst flooding Bench, who has worked with the parks department for 15 years, has seen at the park. It's the first time any part of the park has been shut down early.

"It's never been closed like this, where we've had to close it early for the rest of the year," Bench said.

After flood waters recede, Bench said the park will be cleared of brush and debris, and the grass will be aerated and re-seeded to get the area ready for 2011. It's unclear how much the repairs will cost, but the city intends to claim as much of the expense and lost revenues as it can through the federal government since the area has been deemed a disaster area.

"When the city's budgets are already tight, any additional loss makes it tougher," Bench said.

The park's crow's nest, public boat ramps and shelter are closed, for now, but will reopen when the area is safe, Bench said.

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