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Iowans affected by flooding along the Missouri River are being offered free campsites at Iowa State Parks. Kevin Szcodronski, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says the offer is available to those who’ve been ordered to evacuate their homes.

“Camping in a state park for an extended period of time isn’t for everybody, but for some people, it might just suit their needs if they have the right equipment, the right frame of mind and they’re outdoors people,” Szcodronski said. “Those sites do have electricity and running hot water.”

Nearly a dozen people flooded out of their homes have spent the last month camping at Waubonsie (WAH-bon-zee) State Park in Fremont County. A campsite with electricity and water costs $16 a day. “That’s a little over $100 a week. So, that’s a pretty good savings,” Szcodronski said.

“The people staying at Waubonsie, before we put the free camping on, they were looking at $400 or so to stay there for the month.” The free camping offer is retroactive, so Szcodronski says the flood victims at Waubonsie are getting a refund for their first month. The DNR is also waiving the usual limit of 14 consecutive days of camping for flood victims.

Szcodronski says state park officials are working with local emergency management personnel to identify campers who’ve been forced from their homes. “They have provided us with a list of the streets and address ranges of the places that have officially been evacuated. When the campers show, we simply ask for their driver’s license and verify their address,” Szcodronski said. Camping spots that are not part of the D.N.R.’s reservation system are open to people evacuated from their homes on a first come, first serve basis.

Evacuees are encouraged to call the D.N.R. at 515-281-8004 to check on availability of campsites available for long-term use.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A new campground opens this weekend in one of South Dakota’s oldest state parks.

It offers 57 camping spots at Hartford Beach State Park on Big Stone Lake in northeast South Dakota.

The new East Campground is about a half-mile east of the original West Campground.

The state Parks Division said it includes two paved handicap accessible sites, family showers, and electrical hookups at each site.

Hartford Beach State Park was established in 1945.

Campgrounds in the Poconos are gearing up for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but at one campsite, workers are cramming in as much prep work as they can this week after losing several days to the rainy weather.

It’s a race against the clock at Delaware Water Gap-Pocono Mountain KOA Campground near Marshalls Creek.

Workers are trying to get everything ready in time for visitors this Memorial Day holiday weekend, prep work that usually takes weeks to get done.

“We have a crew in here and it’s weeks and we lost about nine days of those weeks. The rain really slowed everything down,” said KOA Manager Sheri Michael. “We’re moving full steam ahead. There’s a lot of overtime going on.”

The crews are filling in gravel where needed. They’re also pulling weeds and doing some construction work on their cabins.

The owners of KOA said after a very wet spring, they were concerned that this trend would continue into the summer and the cabins would get water damage. So as a precaution, they decided to get their crews to raise up the cabins just a little bit to prevent any future issues.

If mother nature decides to rain on vacationers’ parades this holiday weekend Michael said the campground is prepared.

“We have a pavilion, lots of activities and things we can do in the pavilion,” Michael added.

Bobby Inman and his son hope the rain stays away for their first trip to the Poconos.

“When people start coming in Friday, I’m pretty sure he’ll want to go to the pool Saturday. I’ll go there, hang out and let him meet some friends,” Inman said of his son, Logan.

The possibility of rain in the forecast this weekend isn’t stopping people from camping.

KOA campgound has 200 camping spots, but only 11 are still available for this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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