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Residents in Buffalo, Ia. said Monday the city has seen a significant turnaround in its tourism compared to earlier this summer when the Buffalo Shores campground and beach were closed from flooding.

"It's really been great," said Park Ranger Roger Larson. "We've been full. A lot of our parks have been full. We've had a lot of customers. It's unbelievable how things have really turned and how they turned out."

Earlier this summer, area businesses said they were hurting from the lack of traffic through the town – so much so they were cutting staff hours -- Especially during the Fourth of July week when the park was closed while thousands were supposed to be there.

Since the park has reopened in July and with the hundreds that came through for Labor Day weekend, businesses said things have gotten better.

The Shell and Casey's gas stations in town said so many people came through the area Labor Day weekend, both stations even ran out of ice to sell.

"Since we've been opened up, you can really see the impact it has on the local community" Ranger Larson said. "There have been a lot more people who have purchased items from in town - hit the restaurants, the gas stations."

Now residents say they're hoping for a warm Indian summer to make up for the business that was lost when the park was closed.

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