N.D. State Park Drying Out from Flooding

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September 7, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Workers at Fort Lincoln near Bismarck, N.D., have been pumping out flooded areas that were covered by as much as 7 feet of water this summer, The Bismarck Tribune reported.

"The entire campground was underwater," said Dan Schelske, manager of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. "It's very muddy and there are a lot of trees down."

Park staff were able to drive a tractor into the flooded camping areas, now a mess of mud and fallen trees.

"Last Thursday was the first day you could drive a vehicle in," he said. "It took us about three hours to cut through that and get from one end to the other."

Schelske said that around 100 trees fell down over the summer.

The park has two cabins, an amphitheater, a picnic area and bathrooms and showers that all need repairs. The walls of the structures have to be opened up, dried out and made ready for winter. Grass will need to be replaced in much of the camping area.

"I'm sure a lot of it will go into next spring," Schelske said. "Probably the entire campground will have to be replanted."

Schelske said the cost of repairs would likely add up to $100,000, but the park also lost several times that in revenue that it did not receive this year because the campgrounds were unavailable.

Fort Lincoln's low areas were also flooded in 2009, though not to the same extent.

"Two out of three years is ridiculous," he said. "We're experts now."

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