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Blue Mounds State Park Reopens after Flooding

Updated: 07/15/2014 6:59 AM
Created: 07/10/2014 1:04 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews

Blue Mounds State Park reopened Monday, almost a month after flooding forced the park to close.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been working to repair the damage caused by heavy rain and rising creek waters since June 18.

“Our staff has done an exceptional job of making repairs and stabilizing the park,” said Kathy Dummer, southern region operations manager for the DNR’s Park and Trails Division. “Although there is more work to do, we are ready to welcome visitors.”

While the majority of the damage has been fixed, there are still parts of the park that will stay closed. That includes Mound Creek Trail and the swimming area.  Also, the park’s showers and sinks are closed, because crews still need to address E.coli bacteria found in the water system earlier this spring. Any water spigots in the campground and park are marked if they are unsafe to use. There are water tanks set up for campers and visitors to use for free.

Campers can make reservations online any time.

Governor Dayton has requested millions of dollars in flood relief from the Federal Government. The U.S. Department of Transportation guarantees Minnesota will get up to $5 Million in "Quick Release" Emergency Relief funds to repair flooded roads. The state also received $750,000 in June to help repair some damage.

Blue Mounds State is set to reopen almost one month after floodwaters forced the park to close.
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