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Campers and holiday weekend visitors planning to relax at
The Park officially closed on May 17th because of high water and the continued threat of flooding from the
“Nobody is to be [allowed] in there except for 10 or 12 permanent residents and authorized personnel,” said Jim Burbidge, president of the Renville County Water Resource Board.
Campers who traveled south from
According to Burbidge,
Both the bar and cafe at the Park are closed to the public. Operators of those facilities have been allowed access to their buildings to check equipment and inventory.
The elevation of the
Burbidge was pleased with the condition of the dikes at the Park. “So far, they seem to be holding well,” he said. “We have six or eight people patrolling the dikes to make sure nothing unusual happens.”
Those dike walkers have contended with rodent problems lately, as muskrats and ground squirrels have moved to drier ground and started digging holes. “That’s some place to start a potential leak,” said Burbidge, adding that the dike walkers were authorized to eliminate the animals as necessary.
Members of the Renville County Sheriff’s Department, Water Resource Board and Emergency Management office are monitoring activity at the Park and prohibiting unauthorized visitors from entering. “We’re trying to keep the traffic at a minimum,” Burbidge said. “We aren’t encouraging anybody to spend any time there.”
The Park closure will remain in effect until further notice.
to ramp up releases
According to Kelly Hogan, project leader for the Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, releases were increased to 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday, then cut back to a low of 4,800 cfs over the weekend because of the rainstorm.
“They needed to fill in behind the local runoff and the
Releases were increased to 5,000 cfs by Monday.
The elevation of
He noted the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to keep the flow rate at 7,000 cfs at the
Hogan predicted the releases would increase again later this week. “We could see a peak discharge at 6,400 cfs,” he said. “We don’t have storage left for a big event. We don’t need any more rain.”