- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

PERU, Ind. (AP) - Record flooding around the reservoir at Mississinewa Lake near Peru caused about $900,000 in property damage, according to estimates from officials.

Water levels had receded on Wednesday after peaking at more than 40 feet above normal earlier in the summer. The water nearly reached the dam’s emergency spillway due to flooding that persisted for about two months.

Most of the facilities near the lake have opened for the first time since late June. Boat ramps, docks, cabins, fishing piers, the swimming beach and most of the campsites and shelters reopened on Tuesday.

But the beach house, camp store and youth-tent area will remain closed due to flood damage, the Kokomo Tribune (http://bit.ly/1K7QaWF ) reported.

Larry Brown, the reservoir’s property manager, estimates that it will cost about $600,000 to fix the 3,600-square-foot beach house and camp store, and another $120,000 to repair restrooms near the boat ramp at Miami State Recreation Area.

About 40 acres of grass killed by standing water needs to be replanted, which likely will cost an additional $20,000, he said.

On Monday, lake officials filed for disaster-relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after completing a damage assessment of the area last week. Officials expect to hear from the agency and learn whether the area will receive federal aid in about a month, Brown said.

In the meantime, workers are continuing to clear debris and repair campsites in the affected areas around Mississinewa Lake.

“It seems like there was no rhyme or reason why some areas got it worse than others,” Brown said. “We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of debris we didn’t have to clean up at some locations.”

Volunteers will pitch in Saturday for a cleanup effort at Pearson’s Mill State Recreation Area.

Although the lake currently is under a blue-green algae advisory, swimming or boating still are permitted, but officials are encouraging people to avoid direct contact with algae.

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Information from: Kokomo Tribune, http://www.ktonline.com

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