Flooding Update-Larson’s Landing Under Water
Following are updates from the nation’s media about record-setting flooding in the Western U.S.:
Click here to watch a video, courtesy of KDLT-TV, for the latest on Larson’s Landing in Yankton, S.D.
Where there used to be rows of RVs, now water flows, KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, S.D., reported.
“Today we are moving the last of the people out in the lower area. Everything thing will be shut down from just over this hill down until the river,” said Doug Larson, owner of Larson’s Landing RV Park.
Larson is also forced to move out of his own home and into an RV of his own.
“My wife and I are wondering how we are going to make it in here for a year, but there are a lot of people who live in motor homes all year round. Didn’t think I was going to be one of them,” said Larson.
Many people call this place home, but they were forced out because of the Missouri River flooding. But the sandbags are proof that they did everything they could.
“If they keep this up all season long it’s going to be nothing but construction all season,” said Larson. “We will still have this upper area maybe that could open up, but the rest of it we will have to start from square one.”
But those forced to move out, want to help Larson start again.
“They said ‘Let’s get this thing done so we can get back in here.’ And as they left they said ‘We’ll be back.'”
Larson says he only has about 10 to 15 campsites that are operational for the rest of the season.
The Missoula Missoulian reports the following campground closures due to flooding:
- In Sanders County, Clark Fork Memorial Campground on Thompson River is closed.
- In Ravalli County, Spring Gulch Campground is closed due to flooding. One campsite at Rombo Campground is closed due to flooding, and flooding may occur at other campsites, which could close if water continues to rise.
- In Flathead County, some campsites are closed at Big Creek Campground in the Flathead National Forest near the North Fork of the Flathead River. The beach area at Tally Falls Campground is also closed.
- State Park closures: At Bannack State Park near Dillon, the Vigilante and Road Agent campgrounds along the group area are closed. The visitor center at Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Billings is closed. At Cooney State Park on Cooney Reservoir, campgrounds and day-use areas are closed. Non-electric campsite opportunities at Hell Creek State Park on Fort Peck Reservoir are limited due to high water. The park recommends calling ahead to check camping availability and conditions.