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Flooding closes Pettibone Campground


 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  The high water on the Mississippi River is causing flooding at Pettibone Campground in La Crosse.

All 300 campsites are closed and all but a few tent sites are underwater. Every camper has been evacuated. About a dozen seasonal campers have no where else to go so they're still on site, camping in the parking lot.

"This has been an exceptionally bad year," said Zeb Allert, Pettibone Campground Manager. Most seasonal campers have gone home. Some, like Carol Hauri, only have an RV to stay in.

"If we did have a place to go we would've gone home but here we are," said Hauri. This is Carol and her husband Jim's third season at Pettibone, it's their first time camping in a parking lot. Come October the Hauri's head to Florida.

A dozen other seasonal campers have also called the parking lot home for the last week.  Pettibone accommodates them with electricity and access to running water.

Allert said they try to "keep morale up...keep campers happy." For now, keeping campers happy is easier than keeping campsites dry.

Pettibone Campground should open July 11th but that means they will be closed for the 4th of July holiday, one of their busiest weekends.

The campground can make upwards of $25,000 dollars that weekend so they'll need to come up with other ways to make up that income this year.

Allert said one way they plan to get some of that income back is to fill the campground to capacity for the Labor Day and Oktoberfest weekends.

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