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Flooding Cleanup Underway at Ledges State Park

BOONE, Iowa — Clean up began Tuesday to reopen one of Iowa’s most popular parks.

The DNR closed the Lower Canyon Road at Ledges State Park last month due to flooding.

The morning started out with a small crew but more workers came to help out from other state parks around the region.

Crews are scooping lots of silt and hauling it to dump at a nearby site.

The park had 25 feet or so of water on the Lower Canyon Road exit area right along the river.

Flooding meant the popular canyon road has been closed this summer to vehicles but not hikers.

“The canyon was usable by foot traffic, people were welcome to hike into there the whole time it was flooded even after the waters have receded,” Ledges State Park manager Andy Bartlett said.

“We have the road way cleared right now it just needs a good brooming.”

Crews hope to have the canyon road open later Tuesday or tomorrow.

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