Flooding at Kansas state parks costing state millions

Flooding at Kansas state parks costing state millions
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(AP) – The toll of massive flooding in Kansas is proving to be high for the agency that operates state parks.

KCUR reports that the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will lose millions of dollars due to park closures, property damage and washed out park roads.

In much of the state, heavy rains began in early spring and flooding was widespread into the summer. High water levels at reservoirs, where many state parks are located, inundated campgrounds, boat docks and roads.

Parks Director Linda Lanterman says the timing was especially bad because May through August are the “Million-Dollar Months,” when revenue is usually at its highest. This year, state park revenue fell short in those four months. In June, revenue was $568,743 compared to nearly $1.6 million in June 2018.


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