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Published June 15, 2011, 08:19 PM

Flooding Could Affect ND Summer Travel

Flooding in western North Dakota has had an impact on several tourist attractions. Getting in the car and heading toward western North Dakota for vacation this year will take a little more planning than usual.

By: Teri Finneman, Forum Communications

Flooding in western North Dakota has had an impact on several tourist attractions.

Getting in the car and heading toward western North Dakota for vacation this year will take a little more planning than usual.

"We're kind of putting the adventure back into travel this year with some new obstacles and new things that people have to plan around," tourism director Sara Otte Coleman said.

Flooding has created complications not only for homeowners but also for tourism.

Attractions like the Minot and Bismarck zoos and the Bismarck riverboat remain closed. But officials say there are still plenty of opportunities for a North Dakota vacation this year.

"The bulk of the attractions throughout the state are still opened and ready and receiving lots of visitors on a daily basis," Coleman said.

This includes Medora and the Bully Pulpit Golf Course, which has nine holes open after flooding. The Custer House and other attractions at Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan are also open.

But attractions that are facing flooding problems say it's going to be a tough summer with no immediate relief in sight.

"Losing an entire season is devastating. We still have loan payments to make. We worked really hard to get it ready for the season and to get open. And we were going to have a great season. We had more weddings booked than ever before, more charters. This is a huge hit to a nonprofit organization," Tracy Potter, with Lewis and Clark Riverboat said.

And they're hoping public support will see them through.

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