After stormy spring, waters receding at Kansas state parks

The tens of thousands of people expected to visit the area's state parks this Memorial Day weekend will likely notice some debris and higher lake levels, results of a stormy spring and above-normal rainfall.

But with cleanup ongoing and water levels receding, officials say the parks will be ready for the rush.

"We should have everything up and going by the weekend," Ryan Stucky, park ranger at Cheney State Park, said Monday.

Debris cleanup is continuing at places such as El Dorado State Park, which was battered May 8 during a powerful storm.

Doug Lauxman, park manager at El Dorado, said people who visit the park this week will likely notice some mess.

"There's going to be a lot of debris laying around still," he said. "We just can't possibly get it all picked up" before Friday.

This year's rainfall so far is 6.21 inches above normal for the Wichita area, according to the National Weather Service. The amount of rain is also about 3.5 inches ahead of the total at this time last year, which was the wettest year on record.

That has left some campgrounds at Cheney underwater and covered with debris.

Cheney isn't the only place dealing with high water levels.

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