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Storm damage causes WI DNR to close some state parks and trails

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outdoors River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Damage caused by heavy rains across the southern part of the state has forced the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to close some state parks and trails.

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DNR officials say that Wildcat Mountain State park in Vernon County has been evacuated and closed because of storm damage.

The DNR has also closed three state trails: the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the La Crosse River State Trail west of Sparta and the 400 State Trail between Elroy and Reedsburg.

Rocky Arbor State Park, near Wisconsin Dells, is closed because of trees toppled in the campground.

Wildcat Mountain State Park has experienced severe flooding and the entrance road is washed out. The neighboring community of Ontario was inundated with 9 inches of rain and mud slides closed a portion of State Hwy. 33.

"We can't even predict when we are going to get in there right now," said DNR regional parks supervisor Jean Rygiel.

Park superintendent Lenore Schroeder is working out of the Tomah ranger station. Campers with reservations are being contacted by the DNR.

Near Sheboygan, the Kohler Andrae State Park is experiencing road flooding. The park may have some closures.

Meanwhile, the Mirror Lake State Park, in the Wisconsin Dells area, has lost power to one of its campgrounds and shower buildings.

There are concerns about dams throughout central, south central and west central Wisconsin. The DNR is investigating a report of structural damage to the dam at Mirror Lake State Park.

The Sugar River is over its banks causing concern for the Sugar River Trail and the Badger Trail.

DNR engineers, water supply experts and other staff are assisting municipal officials throughout the region.

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