Brown County State Park closes after flooding causes lack of usable water

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. – Brown County State Park and its inn, Abe Martin, have been closed to the public because of water issues.

The Indiana Department of Resources announced Monday that the heavy rainfall over the last several days has caused a lack of usable water.

DNR says the park will remain closed through Sunday, and the decision about closures after that will be made on a day-to-day basis.

The park’s water source is Ogle Lake, which is within park boundaries. Water is drawn from the lake and is treated through the park’s in-house facility.

The larger-than-normal quantities of water coming into the lake have brought soil with it, increasing the water’s turbidity. DNR says the high turbidity prevents the system from reducing it for treatment quickly enough at the intake site. This has resulted in an insufficient quantity of water to supply park facilities.

The DNR Engineering staff and consultants who designed the system are on site working on the issue.

State Park staff members are reaching out to those with reservations in the campground and at the Abe Martin Lodge with cancellation notices.

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