People anxious to get back into Brown’s Park can do one thing that will help a lot.

Don’t come, said Jamie Young, park superintendent.

After being flooded for two weeks, it’s still full of water and more rain was falling Tuesday. The water level hadn’t gone done that much after a day or two of sun, only about a foot or a foot and a half, he said.

The park has suffered significant damage, he said.

The septic systems have flooded and the bathrooms are all backed up and full of mud. Saying that’s “not pleasant” would be an understatement.

There’s a lot of mud and debris everywhere, he said.

He suspects the grass will have to be re-seeded after being flooded for so long.

Young said he doesn’t have a good idea when the park will reopen yet and the barricades will stay up for awhile.

Last time he took them down, people were driving four-wheel-drive pickup trucks through the park.

“You try to make it look nice and then they tear it up for fun,” Young said bitterly.

He urges anyone seeing people driving through the park while it’s closed to call the Dickinson County sheriff right away.

Even after the park is reopened, Young asks “looky-loos” to be patient.

With the amount of work that will need to be done, it will be easier and faster without a lot of people around, he said.

Unlike the rest of Brown’s Park, the Boy Scout camp connected with the park is up on a hill and it should be all right, Young said.

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