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Half of Lindenwood Campsites Will be Underwater for July 4th - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Half of Lindenwood Campsites Will be Underwater for July 4th

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The high water on the Red River is taking over one of Fargo's most popular parks.  Lindenwood Park is experiencing campground flooding that will impact campers on the upcoming busy holiday weekend.

"Half of our campground pretty much is not available," explains Carolyn Boutain with the Fargo Park District. "And we feel bad we can't accommodate people's plans but mother nature again has made a choice and we have to follow suit."

Water greets anyone who wants to come to Lindenwood and camp, or even go for a bike ride.  Persistent rains have drawn out the summer flood, keeping the Red at Fargo over its banks. The Red is currently running about three feet over flood stage and is expected to slowly drop through the coming week.

Boutain says 20 to 25 campsites are still under water and it will be a while before they are again open.  Once the water drops far enough, the sites need to be cleaned-up and new grass planted.

"Unfortunately the river is just not going down as quickly as we'd like. And we are looking at those sites probably being closed until the 19th of July if mother nature cooperates, and if not, it may be as late as the 26th," Boutain says.

Boutain recommends would-be campers to check with the park district to see if there are any cancellations.  She adds there are excellent camping facilities in West Fargo and Moorhead. If you want to check on flooding where you are, head to the StormTeam weather page at www.valleynewslive.com/weather.

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