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Water Still Rising In Spink County

April 29, 2009, 4:50 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Water Still Rising In Spink County
As the James River slowly recedes in northern Brown County, it's only getting worse in Spink.  With two feet of water over the entrance road, you can't even get into Fisher Grove State Park anymore.

"The campground is going to be completely closed throughout the next month. We'll play it by ear from then on," Charles Jones said.

As manager of the park, Jones lives on the other side of the flooded entrance and only has access to his place by boat. He has to travel over the golf course's ninth green, which is now sitting under three feet of water, to get there.
People have already had to cancel camping reservations.

"It looks to me like we're going to lose a good part of the season due to this water," Jones said.

Ten days ago you could walk across the footbridge leading to the club house. Now, Jones isn't sure when people will be able to do that again, and it looks like it'll be a while before things here are back to normal.

"It'll probably take all summer to get back to absolute normal. It's kind of a mess," Jones said.

With all the water sitting around and the clean-up that will come when it recedes, Jones figures things won't even be somewhat back to normal until July.  He isn't sure if the park will be open come Memorial Day, one of its biggest weekends.

"We're going to do everything in our power to be. It's going to be a struggle but if the water does go down, clean-up follows and we'll do our best," Jones said.

For now, it's just a waiting game as Jones boats to his house and the Jim continues to rise.

Jones isn't sure how much damage is underneath the water. But he wouldn't be surprised if it totals tens of thousands of dollars.

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