Pettibone Resort trying to reopen campground after flooding


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area campground is trying to get ready to reopen after flooding.

The Mississippi River is below flood stage in La Crosse, but Pettibone Resort's campground is still feeling the effects.

Campground manager zeb allert says it's been closed for about 3 weeks.

“We're at the mercy of Mother Nature so we are anxious to get camping. Everybody's anxious, but at the same time we're understandable that this is a possibility down here by the Mississippi,” said Allert.

Since Pettibone Resort's campground was closed 4th of July weekend, Allert said he's hoping for dryer weather Labor Day weekend.”

“Been praying since the 4th of July. We need to hit Labor Day, we need to hit Oktoberfest, and we have a lot of people counting on us to be open,” said Allert.

National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Welvaert said the Mississippi River hit nearly 13.5 feet in La Crosse during the flooding in early July.

“We looked back at historical records that date back to 1874 and we found that in the La Crosse area the Mississippi had only been over that 12 foot flood stage mark this is the third time. So it's pretty rare for it to happen in July,” said Welvaert.

Welvaert said the Mississippi River started going down last week, and should continue to recede for the next week or two.

In the mean time, Allert said he's been cleaning up Pettibone Resort's campground to get it ready to open.

“Picking up sticks, shoveling mud, picking up garbage, getting stuff receding. Just a lot of prep work to get people on as fast as we can,” said Allert.

Allert said he's hoping the campground will be about 50% to 60% open next Friday or Saturday.

Pettibone Resort's campground was also closed before its partial opening for Memorial Day weekend.

Goose Island Campground, which is just south of La Crosse, said it hasn't had to close since it opened in mid April.

However, right now its waterfront sites and some inland sites aren't open.


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