HEARTLAND FLOOD: Flooding will delay river activities despite warmer weather

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Even though the weather is warm, a favorite metro-area pastime is on hold.

Thanks to flooding, rafting on the Elkhorn River won't happen until later this year.

The Dooley campsite at Tubing and Adventures near 252nd and Harrison looks more like an archaeological dig.

"Didn't see none of this coming. In fact, we left some of our stuff from last year thinking we could just spread it out and put it back to where it was. But no such luck," Vince Dooley of Yutan said.

Owner of Tubing in Adventures, Brock Beran, is out of luck as well.

"Owning property along the river, you know it's going to happen. It's just a matter of when. I don't think anybody anticipated this to happen," he said.

The Elkhorn River claimed at least 100 feet of land at the site. Lush grass is now sand covered and driveways and river access are gone.

And because of the damage, tubing is on hold for now.

"It's going to hurt at first. There's a lot of unknowns and we kind of pride ourselves on being organized and year after year you don't have to train your staff. There' not much new that you have to do," Beran said.

He said it could take years to completely recover, but he's determined to open this year after everything is safe for people to get on the water.

"Our plan is to kind of play it slow at first. our first month we're not going to put as many people in as last year, at least for June until we get our feet beneath us and if we feel comfortable we're going to start cranking it," Beran said.

The Dooleys plan to help out in any way they can.

"We're going to hang right in there," they said. "He's trying to get his business back going and stuff, and so we're patient."

River West's website said they hope to open campgrounds and river access by June 1.

Other areas where tubers can access the river, like Elkhorn Crossing, are closed until further notice.