Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds
From KCCI-TV, Des Moines:
Iowa officials evacuated more than 80 campers after heavy rains caused flooding at the Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa.
More than 3 inches of rain fell overnight Friday (June 21) into Saturday. That, combined with two inches that fell on Friday, caused flooding along Little Paint Creek.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says no one was hurt, but one woman who tried to drive out of the campgrounds herself had her vehicle swept away. The woman was able to break out her sunroof and climb to safety before her car was swept under a bridge.
From The Associated Press:
A popular recreation area in the Brimfield State Forest is reopening two years after it was damaged in a tornado outbreak that left a 39-mile path of destruction from Westfield to Charlton.
The Springfield Republican reports that Dean Pond, at the western end of the forest, will reopen this week.
The announcement came from state Sen. Stephen Brewer of Barre, who calls Dean Pond ‘‘a valued recreation area’’ for Brimfield residents. Barre, chairman of the Senate’s main budget writing committee, has been an advocate for state parks.
The Dean Pond Recreation Area has roads and trails for hiking, walking and horseback riding along with fishing and picnic areas, and a beach.
The June 1, 2011, tornado downed trees on hundreds of acres in the Brimfield State Forest.