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Some Wisconsin campsites closed due to high waters

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - At least some 4th of July vacationers in Wisconsin will find their campsites closed due to high waters.

Merrick State Park, about 40 miles north of La Crosse, shut down several campgrounds due to rising waters on the Mississippi River. The DNR said the river is at or near its crest at the park – and it’s not expected to start dropping for another week.

As a precaution, the DNR decided to close Merrick’s south, group, and island campgrounds. They could re-open by mid-July if it doesn’t rain much more. The park’s north campground is still open.

The only official flood warning on the Mississippi River Wednesday morning is at St. Paul, where the National Weather Service says the river is over its banks.

Wisconsin’s only other flood warnings are on the Rock River at Afton in Rock County, and the Fox River at New Munster in Kenosha County. Both are expected to drop below their flood stages Thursday or Friday.

Forecasters expect isolated rain showers throughout Wisconsin Wednesday, and a chance of rain on Independence Day. 

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