UTICA, Ill. — This year’s severe weather has caused quite a bit of flooding across the state and it’s caused quite a few problems at starved rock state park.
Leaders say as the weather continued to worsen last month, it ended up flooding the entire lower section of the park, blocking off main and overflow parking.
“People I don’t think have fully grasped the scope of this thing yet,” said Kerry Novak, Site Superintendent of Starved Rock.
The high water levels washed away trees, ruined buildings and destroyed picnic areas all throughout the park.
“The amount of debris that gets dumped on us and the type of debris is far beyond our ability to clean it up,” said Novak. “We don’t have the people we don’t have the equipment.”
But state leaders in Springfield announced help is on the way. They will be sending money from the state’s sustainability fund to help with flood clean up.
“It’s great to have a little extra money and be able to get these cleaned up and reopened,” said Novak.
He says, staff is thankful the cleanup is going on because attendance has dropped by almost 30,000 people. He went on to say park staff is working with contractors to assess the damages, and they will be sending those estimates to leaders in Springfield by as early as next week.
Novak hopes to have the park fully reopened by mid-July.