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Rain washes out some Pettibone campsites

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – It's one thing to bring your RV to the river; it's another to have the river come to your RV.

Staff at Pettibone Campground is praying for sun and wind to dry up the grounds before the Fourth of July weekend.

Heavy rainfall has caused an overflow of the Mississippi River, taking out about 50 of the 300 RV and tent sites as of Friday, said campground manager Zeb Allert.

"The good days are really, really good around here, and the bad days are pretty bad," Allert said.

He's hoping Fourth of July weekend is full of good days. All RV sites are booked.

"If we do experience flooding and some different things, it would be a big jigsaw puzzle to be able to accommodate everybody," Allert said. "The last thing we want to do is ruin Fourth of July plans for everybody."

Worst case scenario, Allert said people have waited out the water in the parking lot.

For those campers only on site a night or two, the campground would issue a refund, he added.

Allert is watching water levels hoping that's not necessary. So are campers.

"Oh, I'm lucky. Very, very lucky. So far we haven't moved out, so that's good," said seasonal camper Zeke Bideaux.

He pointed out campsites vacated because of flooding; which has some campers getting creative.

While Brady Auger's campsite is flooded, he and his family are camping in their boat.

"This is what we look forward to, coming out here and hanging out with the campground family," Auger said. "And not having the camper here we have to resort to living on the boat."

"We paid for a site to be here and we can't get a camper in, so it bums us out," he added.

Bideaux said his campsite flooded two years ago. He moved his RV into the parking lot and camped there for a few days. Pettibone Campground and the city of La Crosse were very accommodating, he added.

His response to this year's water levels, "I'm hoping it'll go back down, but who knows? You just take it as it comes."

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