The entire DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, including the visitor center, has closed again because of Missouri River floodwaters impacting refuge roadways.

The refuge will remain closed for safety reasons until conditions improve, according to a note on the refuge website. All previously scheduled programs and events at the refuge have been canceled or postponed until further notice. 

Portions of the refuge had reopened in mid-May after being closed because of flooding. Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge just east of Fort Calhoun is also closed to the public until further notice.  

Bar's golf tourney, block party to aid flood victims

The Interlude Lounge will host a golf tournament and an outdoor block party to benefit flood victims through the Valley Days Flood Relief Foundation.

The tournament begins at noon Saturday at Elmwood Golf Course and includes free food from local restaurants, a chance to win a truck and pin prizes. After the tournament, golfers will go to the Interlude Lounge, 7643 Pacific St., where the after-party begins at 6 p.m. featuring live music and food trucks.

The block party is a 21-and-over event.

The Valley Days Flood Relief Foundation will receive 100% of the proceeds from the golf tournament, and the Interlude Lounge will donate 20% of sales from the after-party.

“The floods hurt so many people across the area, including my own family,” said Scott Piotrowski, owner of the Interlude Lounge. “Raising some money is the least we can do. There are families that still need direct assistance, and it’s important to us to stick by our neighbors and help out.”

Twin Rivers YMCA workers receive relief

Two employees of the Twin Rivers YMCA in Valley who have aided flood victims are now receiving their own help.

Donations from YMCA organizations in seven states have provided funds to Michayla Stawniak and Jesse Kracht, part-time employees of the Twin Rivers YMCA who were affected by the flooding.

Stawniak’s home was not able to be salvaged from the floods after a basement wall collapsed. Several family members were forced to relocate.

Kracht, who is currently on a mission trip to Alaska, lost all of his personal property in the flood, including several musical instruments and clothing.