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Waubonsie State Park helping flood victims by providing camping spots

Posted at 6:35 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 19:35:20-04

HAMBURG, Iowa (KMTV) — If you're going camping this upcoming July 4th, your options at one state park might be limited. It's limited for a good reason however, all in a effort to help flood victims.

"We don't allow fireworks here, people come here to enjoy some peace and nature on what's otherwise a really busy holiday at other parks," says Matt Moles, Park Manager at Waubonsie State Park in Iowa. Waubonsie is a popular area to camp, and it's very popular now. However, many of the people staying are camping for different reasons. "They've either lost their homes, or their homes were rendered unlivable, or they lost access to their homes because the roads are covered in water," says Moles.

More than 40 people who are displaced from the floods are staying at the park for the time being. As a result they filled some camping spots, and while some spots remain it's been a process of adapting for everyone.

"It's a trial for everyone involved, for people to have to stay in a place that wasn't designed for long term, but were making it work," says Moles. The park added laundry services to help those staying there as well. Utilities have gone up for the park, which is also taking a financial hit since those staying there as a result of being displaced, don't have to pay. That's due to a Governor Declaration, but Moles isn't focusing on that.

"What better service can you provide to folks than emergency housing, it was a good thing to do regardless of the financial situation," says Moles.

The park says they should have around nine R-V spots open on the holiday weekend, which will be on a first come first serve basis. The park is still taking reservations for their on site cabins. Visit iowastateparks.reserveamerican.com or call 877-427-2757. Or the park's office number is 712-382-2786.