Bicycle and walking trails along the creek are closed at the Moccasin Creek Softball and Soccer Complex, Anderson Park and at Third Avenue and First Avenue North, said Doug Johnson, Aberdeen Parks, Recreation and Forestry director.
"Unfortunately they will be closed indefinitely until the water levels recede," he said.
Playground equipment at Anderson Park is underwater.
Several fields at the soccer complex along Melgaard Road have standing water which is coming from the creek, Johnson said.
"There are drain pipes that lead from those fields into the creek and when the creek is high, water backs up. Some people suggest that we plug those drains, but that would not solve the problem," he said.
Several lots at the Community Gardens south of Melgaard Road are flooded, he said.
A monitoring station at Moccasin Creek operated jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Aberdeen, and posted on the U.S. Geological Survey flood tracking website (http://on.doi.gov/pT0uU9), shows Monday's water level at 6.58 feet. Flood stage is 6 feet with a record level of 8 feet. The water level has been dropping. On July 14, the level was 7.38 feet, according to the flood tracking website.
Michael Connelly, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, said that one of the problems is a high water table.
"We have saturated soils because we haven't had a break in weather to dry us out," he said. "You have to go back to the summer of 2006 to when we were dry."
June rainfall at the Aberdeen Airport was 4.69 inches (3.49 inches is normal) and in July, 5.47 inches has already been recorded (normal for the month is 1.68 inches), he said.
Another problem is that Moccasin Creek drains very slowly, Connelly said.
Gary Vetter, Brown County Zoning Officer who has worked on many county drainage issues, said that both Foote Creek and Moccasin Creek are high and they both drain into the James River, which is also high.
"When (Moccasin Creek) hits Foote, Creek it can back up the Moccasin," he said. "With the James so high, there is no place for the water to go. We are just in a flat area. The James is the flattest river in North America. When it is not running, the water gets pretty stagnant."
Some trees along Moccasin Creek may die because of sitting in standing water so long, Johnson said. Also, some areas of the soccer fields will need to be reseeded, he said.
"Hopefully the trails themselves will not be damaged," he said.