Wilson Island Recovering From Storm

Southwest of Missouri Valley, you’ll find Wilson Island State Park. It was heavily damaged in the 2011 floods and it was about to reopen when Tuesday’s storm plowed through.

This week’s storm cause severe damage to the park. Massive trees fell, flood water blocked roads and all of that pushed the park opening back to mid-summer.

Park Ranger Chris Anunson said, “We had the end in sight here and we were getting really close to opening the park but now this has set us back some."

Anunson said the storm packed a punch with four-inches of rain, baseball sized hail and 80 to 90 mile per hour winds.

“You expected something severe to hit and it wasn't a surprise when it did but this was the worst storm I've seen here since 1999."

Eleven windows were taken out in the new park office, there is extensive damage to siding and the metal roof. The park staff needs help cleaning up.

“It will be going through and manually picking up all the small limbs and getting them off the roads and getting them off the grass so they can grow and hopefully we can start mowing again."

While volunteers are need, you're asked to coordinate with the park if you’d like to volunteer. Call 712-642-2069 and ask for Chris.

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