Wapsi flooding affects haunted attraction, organizers optimistic for opening

Published: Sep. 22, 2018 at 11:01 PM CDT
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A local attraction is preparing to haunt visitors for another season, but due to high river levels along the Wapsipinicon River, flooding is currently haunting them.

Saturday night served as a preview for invited guests, but some of their areas like the walk through the forest was closed off- because the trail was flooded.

Organizers said when they permanently moved near the Wapsipinicon River years ago, they knew flooding could end up a common theme, but it's a hurdle they are used to leaping over.

"It's another challenging year," said Mark Fuller, who has been a part of the Circle of Ash for more than 10 years. "This is our third flood. We've gotten kind of good at preparing for it. With a large portion of our stuff in semi-trailers, we tend to store things underneath so all that stuff' [has to] come up. Our power is generator so our generator [has to] get moved."

Justin Gehrts with the KCRG-TV9 First Alert Weather Team says assuming the river levels drop, people might still end up walking in the mud by the time the attraction opens.

The Circle of Ash Escape Room and Haunted Attraction is located on the Linn County Fairgrounds, at 201 Central City Road, in Central City.

Opening night is Friday, September 28th. Admission costs $20.

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