Monsoon-like rains and flooding forced the closing of recreational areas along rivers. Rich Tesar with the Papio Natural Resources District says Mother Nature has been less than kind. Elkhorn Crossing took a huge hit.
“Not only did we have the flood water but the big wind. The park was hit very heavily with tree damage. A lot of trees down. A lot of cottonwoods.”
Tesar says the trees couldn’t survive the winds because the water had damaged their roots.
“The park was hit very heavily with tree damage. Of course the roots were weakened because of the flood water.”
Slowly but surely the water is going down but Tesar says the park isn’t going to open anytime soon. He says once things are dried out, they start the massive clean-up effort.
“The water continues to recede but there is a couple of feet of water in the park still so we have a ways to go.”
Tesar says it could be a while before boaters can use their watercraft.
“Stay off the rivers this weekend this weekend and possibly next weekend. The Platte River, the Elkhorn and the Missouri are running way too high for recreation use.”
Several months ago, Elkhorn Crossing underwent a three-quarters of a million dollar renovation. There currently are two or more feet of water covering the entire recreational area. He doesn’t see the facility being open for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.