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Boating and Tubing Options Limited Memorial Day Weekend

Posted at 10:55 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 23:55:58-04

If you were planning to go on the river this holiday weekend, those plans may need to be changed. Many access points to local rivers remain closed. One business impacted by the floods won't allow any tubing, they say it's disappointing for this time of year but necessary when it comes to your safety.

Tubing & Adventures in Waterloo canceled tubing this weekend due to several reasons, including rising water levels. Their normal river access points were also damaged in the floods. "It is tough, you plan for some of your weekends being canceled due to high rivers," says Brock Beran, owner.

"The Elkhorn (river) ... is just running very high and swift almost three times the normal flow so it's a very dangerous situation," says Rich Tesar, of the Papio Natural Resources District.

Other access points in the Elkhorn remain closed due to flood damage, flood debris, and the water levels. "Game and Parks, and the Douglas County Sheriff will be patrolling our sites and will be ticketing anybody trespassing," says Tesar.

Tesar recommends going to one of the local lakes if you want to get on the water. Beran says they are working hard to open his business for tubing, but doesn't have a date set at this time.